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Old 02-14-2008, 08:58 PM   #1
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Default Wire Nuts, What are the best?

Just trying to justify why I let my guys pick up Ideal at $70 a thousand

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Old 02-14-2008, 09:07 PM   #2
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Tan Twisters. Any name brand.

I once bought 10,000 Ideal oranges (only they are tan instead) off Ebay. After shipping I think I paid $85.

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That's all my supply house carries.
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Gimme tan twisters all day long.
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Old 02-15-2008, 11:47 AM   #5
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There are 4 supply houses in my town and none of them will carry anything but the ideal wire nuts.

The way they describe it (supply guys) there is a proprietary design in the way the nuts grab onto the wire.

Apparently, all the other companies use a coil that is closer in design to a spring because it is much rounder than the way ideal's triangle coil.

I have a personal preference towards the red and tan ones, especially for ground connections simply because you can add to them later on.

but we use a great deal of the tan twisters as well.
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3M "Performance +" Wire Connectors
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Cool Scotchlocks

I remember when these first came out 3M was the first ones I every used.
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Ahhh I hate those things! I like the smaller orange ones because they seem to bite better, but the larger ones I prefer Ideal Wing Nuts. Those 3-M nuts don't fit into my wire nut tool , but beside that they just don't feel as quality as the wing nuts.

I used to use B-Caps, but the Wing-Nuts are much easier to grip and spin around.
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For me it's red rangers only
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Ideal are about the only ones I want to use. The best reason I can give is: It's expensive to have to go back and trouble shoot when a wire didn't get caught in the connection. We work a lot of prevailing wage jobs, and just an hour of trouble shooting would more than pay for a bag of Ideals....
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Put your nuts to the test - twist them on then remove a look at how each "grabs" on to the splice.
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I use 3M Super Tan red miniskirt. Simply the best! IMHO


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If I were any more of a geek than I am already I'd make that my desktop.
Right now I have Chad Reed all covered in mud from the Daytona Supercross.
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I prefer the red ideal's
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Yellow Scotchlocks.

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Ahhhhhhh! Scotchlocks! Run away!!!
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Has anyone used one of these to good effect?
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I use that one, except now the new version has changed. It's blue and has a metal shaft that fits a 1/4'' quick connect chuck. Ideal part number 30-902. I use it everyday and wouldn't give it up to save my life (or my hands).
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New and improved yellow Scotchlocks.

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