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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Wire size recognition

    If I really want to know the AWG size of some wire, I have a pair (well, several!) of wre strippers with multiple slots in the jaws calibrated in AWG and/or sqmm.

    My crimper is fairly tolerant of AWG size on bootlace ferrules, so long as you don't use a stupidly big ferrule it should pass a reasonable pull test.

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    Default Re: Wire size recognition

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulRainbow View Post
    For thin, single strand wires. Not good for multi core wires.
    Thanks. It does seem to work fine though.

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    Default Re: Wire size recognition

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulRainbow View Post
    For thin, single strand wires. Not good for multi core wires.
    I'd essentially agree, but Raymarine used to supply them with their GPS antennae, which had multistrand wire.

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    Default Re: Wire size recognition

    Quote Originally Posted by Zing View Post
    I sometimes use gel filled telecoms connectors by 3M, especially if there is a chance of moisture being present. They are designed for thin wires.
    I believe (I stand to be corrected) that Wago do a moisture resistant sealant for use with some of their connectors. But if not available, would not a smear of Vaseline do the trick, or does it degrade & cause more problems than it solves?
    It is all down to the fact that my wife does not understand me !!

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    Default Re: Wire size recognition

    Quote Originally Posted by Daydream believer View Post
    ... would not a smear of Vaseline do the trick, or does it degrade & cause more problems than it solves?
    It degrades some materials allegedly....

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    Default Re: Wire size recognition

    Quote Originally Posted by lw395 View Post
    If I really want to know the AWG size of some wire, I have a pair (well, several!) of wre strippers with multiple slots in the jaws calibrated in AWG and/or sqmm.
    You can measure its resistance per foot and look up which size is the closest.

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    Default Re: Wire size recognition

    Quote Originally Posted by Daydream believer View Post
    I believe (I stand to be corrected) that Wago do a moisture resistant sealant for use with some of their connectors. But if not available, would not a smear of Vaseline do the trick, or does it degrade & cause more problems than it solves?
    If you need waterproof joins, use waterproof connectors. For single wires it's hard to beat glue lined heat shrink connectors.
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    Default Re: Wire size recognition

    Quote Originally Posted by pvb View Post
    I'd essentially agree, but Raymarine used to supply them with their GPS antennae, which had multistrand wire.
    Indeed, glad to see they no longer supply them. Do you think they read one of my posts on here ?
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    Default Re: Wire size recognition

    Quote Originally Posted by Zing View Post
    Thanks. It does seem to work fine though.
    Tow bar fitters used to think Scotchloks worked fine too
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  10. #20
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    Default Re: Wire size recognition

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulRainbow View Post
    Tow bar fitters used to think Scotchloks worked fine too
    In my experience, 6 out of 7 of them usually do. The 7th one will often be the earth....

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