In many electrical wiring projects, it is necessary to join (splice) two or more wires together. This is a common task that should be done properly to prevent the possibility of severed wires in an emergency situation and to ensure a safe electrical circuit. There are a few different ways that this can be done, including soldering and taping, but the best way is to use a wire splice connector. A splice connector is a compression type connector that essentially forms an electrical connection between the existing wires.
Splice connectors are easy to install and don’t require the heat gun and soldering iron that a traditional soldered or taped splice requires. They also provide a compression type of connection, which is a more secure and reliable method of connecting wires than just twisting them together or wrapping them with electrical tape. This makes them an ideal solution for field maintenance and repairs where a soldering iron isn’t available.
A splice connector is made up of an outer plastic covering and a metal ring that connects to each end of the wire. The splice connector is then placed over the two wire ends and crimped shut with a tool. This creates an extremely durable, strong, and dependable electrical connection that will not come apart or short out. These connections are very important in any electrical system because they allow the current to flow through them without the risk of overheating and creating a fire hazard.
Using a splice connector is simple and can be performed by an experienced DIYer. First, it is important to disconnect the power from the circuit that you are splicing. This can be done with a non-contact voltage tester to make sure that no electricity is present.
Next, you will want to strip the insulated portion of each wire that is to be joined with a butt connector. This can be done with a wire stripper, which is typically available at your local hardware store. Once the wires are striped, they need to be inserted into the compression slot that is labeled with their specific gauge. When the butt connector is closed and crimped, it cuts into both of the wires, which then creates an electrical contact between them.
The splice connector should be tested to make sure that it is working properly by pulling both of the wires. If they pull loose, it is recommended to add a piece of electrical tape around the splice. This will protect the wires from future damage and insure that if there is a short circuit, it is contained and will not result in an electrical fire.
In addition to splice connectors, there are other types of wire connections that can be used in home or commercial settings. One example is the Wago PUSH WIRE connector, which works similarly to the butt splice connector by feeding an existing and a new wire into the connector, but instead of cutting the wires with the splice connector, the insulated portions of each are twisted together and then inserted into the clamping unit of the connector. When the connector is closed and crimped, it will cut through the stranded wires and clamp them tightly together to create a permanent and secure electrical connection.