When making up boxes, how many prefer barrel crimps for the grounding conductors and how many prefer the green wirenuts with the hole in the end? Or do some just use a regular wirenut and add a pigtail? I have been using the barrel crimps but I ran out Friday and finished up with some greenies I had in my truck. I kind of liked the result plus it would mean one less tool to carry in my belt. I haven't really used them a lot as I still remember when I was an apprentice the greenies were scoffed at by the journeymen. BigB
I like the greenies, or better yet, the "Term-A-Nut" grounding pigtails from Ideal. A greenie with an attached double pigtail--a ringlug w/ green screw to bond the box, and a spade lug to connect to the device grounding screw.
Re: survey: barrel crimps or greenies#38459 05/24/0404:46 AM05/24/0404:46 AM
Crimp sleeves is what I use, they do not take up any precious space up in a box, unlike a greenie or wirenut. The Term-a-Nut is a good idea, but the price is not cost effective. You can buy 3-4 boxes of crimps for the price of 25 Term-A- Nuts. JMHO.
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Re: survey: barrel crimps or greenies#38460 05/24/0405:36 AM05/24/0405:36 AM
The greenies would not e very helpful as most of our grounds are fully insulated.
IMO the "Term-A-Nuts" are not worth the money they cost. They do look great and are easy to use.
I have not installed a barrel crimp in 20 years, I never liked them, IMO when you use them with a group of 12 AWG solid the crimp loosens when you push the wires back in the box, IMO they make a lousy connection.
If space in the box is that tight I suggest roughing with larger boxes.
Bob Badger Construction & Maintenance Electrician Massachusetts
Re: survey: barrel crimps or greenies#38461 05/24/0408:50 AM05/24/0408:50 AM
I used to install the Greenies, for awhile after they were first introduced, . . . but with all the wonderful things being introduced over the years, my back started developing chiropractic issues. . . .
I settled back to regular wirenuts for the ground and pigtail.
Re: survey: barrel crimps or greenies#38462 05/24/0409:13 AM05/24/0409:13 AM
Some observations that I made when trying out various wire connectors:
1) The barrel crimps seem to do a horrible job with 12ga solid wire. I was using the Buchanan C-24 tool, which indents the crimp from 4 sides, and was using Buchanan crimp sleeves. As I recall, 12ga solid is considered acceptable in these connectors. But I could never get what felt like a solid connection.
2) These same crimps seem to do a _great_ job with _stranded_ wire.
Re: survey: barrel crimps or greenies#38464 05/24/0401:21 PM05/24/0401:21 PM