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Push in wire connectors? #32922
01/08/04 07:05 PM
01/08/04 07:05 PM
DougW  Offline OP
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,143
North Chicago, IL
Saw these in the Ideal products catalog a few years ago. Now I'm seeing them at the Big Orange Box, and in distributor catalogs like Sunstar. Haven't gone out and bought any yet, just played with the package while waiting for some wire to be cut.

Is anybody using these on a regular basis? How are they for space and speed v. regular wirenuts?
How are they if you need to add/remove conductors? Do they have a release point like backwire receptacles?

We're still pretty much regular Buchanan / Ideal wirenut users at our shop - these look faster for initial installs, but if you can't easily modify (remove) them, then...

Thanks - happy New Year, BTW!

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Re: Push in wire connectors? #32923
01/08/04 07:16 PM
01/08/04 07:16 PM
Wirenuttt  Offline
Joined: Nov 2002
Posts: 267

I sell the WAGO push-in with release brand at our supply house. Electricians who install a lot of recessed lighting love them. They buy them by the bag full. Cheaper than wirenutts in certain application.

Re: Push in wire connectors? #32924
01/08/04 08:43 PM
01/08/04 08:43 PM
CRW  Offline
Joined: Feb 2001
Posts: 159
Bethlehem, PA USA
A couple years ago I used tons of them for changing out ballasts at a huge office building. We used the orange #85's. They were very quick and appeared to make a strong connection, better than a lot of quick connectors like you often see with ballasts or exit signs. I don't remember being able to remove the wire from them after installation, I believe you have to cut it off. It was great for ballast changes, but I wouldn't use them for regular splices where you intend to change or add wiring in the near future.

Re: Push in wire connectors? #32925
01/09/04 07:46 AM
01/09/04 07:46 AM
electure  Offline

Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 4,264
Fullerton, CA USA
This has been a point of disagreement around the Forum for a while.
Use the "search" feature (at the top of this page), and you'll find plenty of opinions.
This one will most likely never reach a consensus status. Some love 'em, some hate 'em....S

Re: Push in wire connectors? #32926
01/09/04 01:58 PM
01/09/04 01:58 PM
:andy:  Offline
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 289
you can actually get a solid wire out of a push-in wago by pulling and turning the wire or wago left and right.

a while ago i posted this one

new wagos that have an easier release mechanism.

ps. i love 'em [Linked Image]

someone should open a poll, wagos - curse or blessing [Linked Image]

[This message has been edited by :andy: (edited 01-09-2004).]

Re: Push in wire connectors? #32927
01/09/04 02:23 PM
01/09/04 02:23 PM
iwire  Offline
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 4,391
North Attleboro, MA USA
someone should open a poll, wagos - curse or blessing

We could start a pole but I think that would be the same as asking which is a better color, Red or Green. [Linked Image]

In other words it is just personal choice.

ps. I hate 'em [Linked Image]

Bob Badger
Construction & Maintenance Electrician
Re: Push in wire connectors? #32928
01/09/04 02:55 PM
01/09/04 02:55 PM
SJT  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 241
I too like that style connector, but just for Ballast changes. We had used the ones made by 3M. Put the wires in and then you use the Lineman pliers to close them. They were great if you had a lot of Ballasts to do. AT first, I was skeptical too. We had a whole building to do. They wanted to change from the Old heavy Ballasts to the non PCB electronic(much lighter).

Re: Push in wire connectors? #32929
01/10/04 09:55 AM
01/10/04 09:55 AM
electure  Offline

Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 4,264
Fullerton, CA USA
Count me in as hating them [Linked Image]...S

Re: Push in wire connectors? #32930
01/10/04 01:30 PM
01/10/04 01:30 PM
ComputerWizKid  Offline
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 119
Connecticut, USA
ah I love electrican debate
Up VS Down [Linked Image]
Pretwist VS no pretwist
Wago VS NO Wago
where does it end?
JK have a nice day [Linked Image]

Theres always enough room in the junction box.You just need a bigger hammer
Re: Push in wire connectors? #32931
01/10/04 04:40 PM
01/10/04 04:40 PM
u2slow  Offline
Joined: Sep 2003
Posts: 200
Salt Spring, BC, Canada
On my current jobsite (36 story residential high-rise) we are using Wagos exclusively. Splicing speed is up. They are excellent for changing splices (pull & turn works) - especially when they need to be done live. Works well for us as we pre-rough-in common areas and stairwells for egress lighting which isn't feasible to shutdown.

Also find the conductors are easier to fold into the box when they aren't twisted together.

I see lots of sloppy work with wirenuts. Usually from those who use a battery drill - they get carried away twisting to the point where one of the wires in the splice breaks or slips out.

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