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Grey wire nuts #48317
02/09/05 11:22 AM
02/09/05 11:22 AM
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Can you properly splice 6 or 8 #12 under a grey wire nut. I have had nothing but problems with splice coming apart.

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Re: Grey wire nuts #48318
02/09/05 11:38 AM
02/09/05 11:38 AM
Roger  Offline
Joined: May 2002
Posts: 1,716
You can splice up to (6) #12's, go to the link below for one manufacturers info.

click on the "Wing Twist" type


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Re: Grey wire nuts #48319
02/09/05 01:34 PM
02/09/05 01:34 PM
Dave55  Offline
Joined: May 2004
Posts: 697
Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA
Try stripping all the wires, lining them up together and wrapping tape tightly around them near the end. This keeps them all lined up. It's easier if you're using stranded wire. If it still gives you trouble, use a split bolt.


Re: Grey wire nuts #48320
02/09/05 01:47 PM
02/09/05 01:47 PM
hbiss  Offline
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 886
Hawthorne, NY USA
People usually have problems because the conductors are too short to hold and/or the stripped ends are not lined up or long enough.

When I do this I strip a little more than what is needed, line them all up, pre-twist, then cut the end off to the proper length. Never had a problem with even more than 6 or 8 #12s and the proper wire nut.


Re: Grey wire nuts #48321
02/09/05 02:24 PM
02/09/05 02:24 PM
macmikeman  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 717
Honolulu, Hawaii
I have never been a great fan of that many wires under one wirenut whether it is a gray or a big blue. My work around in those same situations is to make what I call a bridge splice. Its simple - four of the wires under one wire nut and four of the wires under another wire nut with a jumper from one wirenut to the other one. Granted you will use an extra gray wirenut, but for me its peace of mind. Or go with the split bolt as has been said. Those cost $6 bucks for the #2 size here nowadays.

Re: Grey wire nuts #48322
02/09/05 02:57 PM
02/09/05 02:57 PM
earlydean  Offline
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 751
Griswold, CT, USA
If you go with the split-bolt you run the risk of a red tag. Split bolts are listed for 2 conductors only.

Re: Grey wire nuts #48323
02/09/05 03:36 PM
02/09/05 03:36 PM
SolarPowered  Offline
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 625
Palo Alto, CA, USA
I recall reading that, in Europe, they have splicing devices that consist of an insulated bar with individual holes to recieve each wire, and a compression screw for each wire. Very neat, and very secure connections. Is anything like that available in the US?

[This message has been edited by SolarPowered (edited 02-09-2005).]

Re: Grey wire nuts #48324
02/09/05 04:00 PM
02/09/05 04:00 PM
winnie  Offline
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 649
boston, ma
There are various block of this sort available in the US, eg:

I don't know if there are _smaller_ size versions available, but the large ones are a great replacement for split bolts.


Re: Grey wire nuts #48325
02/09/05 05:24 PM
02/09/05 05:24 PM
SolarPowered  Offline
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 625
Palo Alto, CA, USA
That's exactly the sort of thing I was thinking of. The smallest one they have is for #4-14, so it's really huge for splicing #12.

Is there anything smaller around?

Re: Grey wire nuts #48326
02/09/05 05:53 PM
02/09/05 05:53 PM
highkvoltage  Offline
Joined: Aug 2004
Posts: 34
Massillon, Ohio, USA
If your look at any container that wire nuts came in they have a chart on the side. I have never seen on any of those charts show you can put more than 5 wires under a single connector. I believe method of shoving all these wires under one wire nut is poor. This must be a heck of a big juction box.

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