Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fie Upon The Purists, Let's Hear It For Butts!

I'm taking the week off, trying to finish wiring my MGB. In the course of doing so, I need to create wiring junctions. For example, there are about 10 different circuits in the cockpit that need a wire run to ground. Up to now, I've been making these junctions according to the wiring snobs, soldering and shrink-tubing them. I'm getting better at it, but it's a pain in the neck and it takes some time.

Today, at the auto parts store to get something else, I picked up a package of 10-12 ga butt connectors. Since my wires are about 16 ga, I can easily get two in per side, giving me a four-wire splice with no more work than stripping the wires, sticking them in and crimping the butt connector tight. It works like a champ.

Behold the power of this fully operational butt splice!
I pulled at the wires and they didn't move and then I tested the circuit. Perfect connectivity across all leads.

Forget that soldering nonsense, I'm a butt man from now on!

Err, wait, I didn't mean it that other way...


Jedi Master Ivyan said...

Funny guy. Have fun rewiring!

Mostly Nothing said...

A good crimp can be better than a cold solder joint. Which is mostly what I do soldering.