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#59483 - 12/06/05 03:40 PM Green Wirenuts?
socalclem Offline
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Registered: 11/23/05
Posts: 5
What is your spin on Green wirenuts? i think using them in single-gang boxes is fine because the wirenut only allows 1 equipment ground out of the top to attach to 1 device. Now in a 2,3,4, or even 5 gang, Using a green wirenut seems rediculous if all devices must be grounded. What happened to those copper crimp sleeves, that made finishing a house so nice?!!!

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#59484 - 12/06/05 03:54 PM Re: Green Wirenuts?
iwire Offline

Registered: 01/05/03
Posts: 4343
Loc: North Attleboro, MA USA
The green work fine, leave the one coming out the top long enough to hit each device.
Bob Badger
Construction & Maintenance Electrician

#59485 - 12/06/05 05:09 PM Re: Green Wirenuts?
sawdust454 Offline

Registered: 03/20/05
Posts: 19
Loc: Waynesboro, Va USA
I personally only use the green wirenuts, I hate the crimp rings. Just pigtail out the bottom how ever many grounds you need but stay within the capacity of the wirenut.

#59486 - 12/06/05 07:07 PM Re: Green Wirenuts?
gfretwell Offline


Registered: 07/20/04
Posts: 9026
Loc: Estero,Fl,usa
In my home I have avoided anything more than 2 gang in most places, just to avoid that "need a map to turn on the light" problem. In the one big box I ended up with I used one of the #10 tapped holes for a 6 hole ground bus kit. Then I used #12 stranded pigtails with terminals for all the devices. It made a very easy install. This was piped in so all the conductors were stranded with terminals. (lots of colors too)
Greg Fretwell

#59487 - 12/07/05 06:36 AM Re: Green Wirenuts?
Larry Fine Offline

Registered: 02/18/05
Posts: 684
Loc: Richmond, VA
I do waht I-wire does: leave that one conductor from the wirenut long enough to daisy-chain the grounding screws.
Larry Fine
Fine Electric Co.

#59488 - 12/07/05 04:11 PM Re: Green Wirenuts?
BigJohn Offline

Registered: 03/06/04
Posts: 352
Loc: Boston, MA
Greenies work great, but I see more people screw them up than I do who install them correctly.

With 2 #14s, just twisting the greenie on does almost nothing as far as twisting your wires together and leaves a really poor splice.

And for the love of god, leave enough wire so that if the splice has to be remade, you don't need to jam a pair of needle-nose into the box just to hold your conductors together.


#59489 - 12/07/05 04:28 PM Re: Green Wirenuts?
earlydean Offline

Registered: 12/22/03
Posts: 749
Loc: Griswold, CT, USA
I think Greenies are nice, but a waste of money, and one more part to keep separated in the parts bag. I use tan wirenuts for 99% of my splices, the reds, grays or blues only when necessary, yellows very seldom. (And, of course, the oranges for fixtures.)

#59490 - 12/07/05 08:38 PM Re: Green Wirenuts?
Speedy Petey Offline

Registered: 08/29/03
Posts: 175
Loc: Upstate, NY
I'm a crimper. Greenies are OK for one gang boxes, but I prefer to use small crimps and leave out as many tails as the gang of the box.

I use to daisy chain a long ground but have grown to dislike that method and have been crimping for years.
Speedy Petey

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new." -Albert Einstein

#59491 - 12/08/05 03:24 AM Re: Green Wirenuts?
Steve Miller Offline

Registered: 08/30/01
Posts: 322
Loc: Loudoun Cty, VA
I hate the damn things. There, that was easy

#59492 - 12/08/05 06:09 AM Re: Green Wirenuts?
Ryan_J Offline

Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 1355
Loc: West Jordan, Utah, USA
I never used them, becasue as a commercial installer my EGC's were insulated, and I don't like the idea of having bare conductors longer than needed. If I were doin residential, however, I would have used them.
Ryan Jackson,
Salt Lake City

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