Power Upgrade #18: Splicing

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Blog entry by Nate Meadows posted 11-09-2013 04:55 AM 1569 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have run all the 10/2 and 10/3 that I need except for two lines that need to be spliced. The rest of the lines are 14/2. I originally thought I could get the 8 runs to the Woodshop through a 2in conduit. But here you can see that with only the 10/3, and still needing 8- 14/2 wires, there was no way. I will have to go up to a 3 in conduit to avoid derating everything circuit!

Having run over a mile of cable and wire, I have installed approximately 4 splices. I am sure I will have to put in one or two more by the time I am done. I use Gardner and Bender’s Under Ground Splice Kit. It requires about two inches of clean wire, with about 1/2 of stripped wire to be in the splice block.

As this line was just 14/2, carrying just three wires; the white, black and ground, I removed the unused splice block.

Make sure to put the shrink tube on before you put the wires together, especially if they are long runs! :) I use a propane torch to shrink the tube down. The key is to take it slow, start in the middle and work all the way around the tube.

Remember start in the middle and work out!

It is finished when the glue seeps out of the end.

Check both ends!

Remember to apply heat evenly all the way around the tube, working center on out. when you see it deform…and it will! apply the heat where the tube is thinnest as this is were the area where it is not shrinking!

Thank you for reading!

More to follow…


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#1 posted 11-09-2013 05:18 AM

yep…dont forget to put the shrink tube on before you connect…lol…i have almost done that before, except in a smaller application….looks really good.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Nate Meadows

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#2 posted 11-09-2013 05:22 AM

Thanks Bob, I have done that almost every single time…so then I have to undo the splice to slip the tube on! It gets frustrating. I have to slow myself down and make it one of my first day.

Thanks brother!


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#3 posted 11-09-2013 07:05 AM

Well its good work there Nate
We will have to give you a honorary doctorate in Electrical Splicing.
Did every thing perfectly.

Don’t be too concerned I even forget the tubing every now and then !! (Bloody annoying)

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 11-09-2013 02:11 PM

Some good shrink-wrap there.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 11-09-2013 02:20 PM

Hey Nate, I liked the comment about making sure you put the shrink tube on before you splice ….. especially on a long run. I’ve done quite a bit of wiring myself and It sounds a bit like there may be a story behind it. Been there, done that. .... :-)

You are doing a great job. The light at the end of the tunnel must be getting brighter.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#6 posted 11-09-2013 03:13 PM

I NEVER forget to put the sleeving on before making the splice!

If you believe that, I have some ocean front property in North Dakota I’ll sell you really cheap!!

Nice Job, Nate!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Bob Kassmeyer

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#7 posted 11-09-2013 07:08 PM

Nate I forget to put the heat shrink on so often I don’t even care to think about it. Usually it’s when I’m upside down under a dashboard, can’t hardly move and I just spent 10 minuets getting the splice done. Sounds like you’re in good company here. It’s good to see you’re pulling wire instead of just digging trenches.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#8 posted 11-13-2013 12:43 AM

Nate, good to hear your wife is doing better. Talked to your mom Friday when she was picking up the kids. She said you have been doing a lot for your sister too. I would be having more than issues with the shrink wrap!! I have been gone to the new house in Oregon. I have to completely wire the new shop. Too bad you won’t be done any time soon. I would take you along. On second thought, I plan a SIMPLE wiring job.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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Nate Meadows

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#9 posted 11-14-2013 05:32 AM

Everyone, sorry for the delay!

Rob, thanks for the confidence! Honorary is good, I am not nearly close to knowledgable for the real thing!:) And yes, it sucks!

Thank you Roger!

Paul, yes, it is definitely getting brighter! I am stoked to have good power and to know it was all done right, or rather, if something does go wrong that I have no one to blame but myself! I am not surprised to hear you play with electricity too. You are a talented individual!

Lew, Hmm, seeing as my house would become the next home for deep sea life if you had ocean front property, I think I will pass:). (I got your package this evening, I will be doing a proper thank you very soon!!)

Bob, glad to hear I am not alone:). Weird how we are like that. Thanks for the encouragement.

Mr. Triplett/Robert, This year has been very crazy and I am sorry we haven’t been able to visit more! I am sorry to see you go, but excited that you are moving to where you will be happy. Yes, you had better not take me, I never do anything the SIMPLE way:). I all to often have my head in the clouds:).


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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