So that RS site charges £25 for something you can create yourself for less
than £1? Wow.
BTW - I emailed you using my weirdly named email account re. the
jellybeans. I should really remember to use my sneezy account but I forget
"Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what
Should come as no particular surprise. The mfr-supplied tool, sold with
full retail markup by RS, will allow any half-asleep person using these
connectors day in day out to make a reliable connection with no judgment
needed even when they're rcovering after a hard night out. For the careful
and competent d-i-y'er, the improvised-from-available-tools solutions
suggested make good economic sense. But it'd be idiocy for BT (say) to
kit out engineers with pliers-with-temporary-closure-limiters taped to them:
the cost of rework as the bodges-by-busy-engineers who hadn't noticed the
bodge had fallen off would far outweigh any temporary savings on the
linesman's toolkit. (Not that some penny-pinching moron in a muddle-mgmt
position mightn't think it up as a cost-saving initiative, mind: *and*
spend 10 times the immediate money saved on a Report on How To Do It in
pretty-coloured report covers ;-)
I have seen the tool advertised as a price of about a fiver by places
other than RS (although it is tricky to track down suppliers of it)
which seems far more reasonable.
I found that using an ordinary pair of pliers you would need to try
quite hard to over crimp the things - enough is obvious - the top cover
snaps into place nicely - more would require a fair bit of extra force.
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