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Old 01-30-2013, 08:05 AM
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Which Connector To Use?

I am working on a job where the existing lights and transformers (all Vista) are going to be re-used for a landscape re-design. All of the wire is being replaced.

Because the existing lights are going to be re-used, there is some large gauge wire involved due to the length of some of the leads.

What connector (or method) would you use to splice (3 ea # 8's together) or (2 ea #8's and 3 #12's together)?

If you use copper split-bolt connectors, how do you waterproof them?

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Old 01-30-2013, 08:41 AM
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For that many large cables, I would recomend the large nightscape connector (large brass barrel with heat shrink tubes.) You can fit the two 8's on one side and the three 12s on the other.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:53 AM
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Also look at Lightingshrink.com
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:57 AM
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I am working on a job where the existing lights and transformers (all Vista) are going to be re-used for a landscape re-design. All of the wire is being replaced.

Because the existing lights are going to be re-used, there is some large gauge wire involved due to the length of some of the leads.

What connector (or method) would you use to splice (3 ea # 8's together) or (2 ea #8's and 3 #12's together)?

If you use copper split-bolt connectors, how do you waterproof them?

Thanks!!!

ROS
If you use Split bolts get some 1 1/2 in wide 3m rubber tape also you can wrap over the rubber tape with a few layers of plastic tape.
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Nightscaping ACE connector (Big ACE, ACE, Mini ACE) or Lightingshrink.com (which also offers 3 sizes) Trying to come up with a 'home made' waterproofing system will not serve you or your client very well over time.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:43 PM
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Thanks for the replies!

Today I ordered the crimping tool and an initial supply of connectors from Lightingshrink. I understand that the Yellow MAP gas is the best for shrinking.

I welcome any comments/suggestions from any of you guys who are using this method/supplier.

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Old 01-31-2013, 09:32 AM
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I would recommend you use propane rather than MAP. MAP burns hotter and the last thing you need on those shrink tubes is too much heat. Better to use propane with a low and slow flame, hold the torch about 5-6" away and be patient. You dont want to make the tubes or the wire jacket crispy.
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Old 01-31-2013, 02:27 PM
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Thanks for the replies!

Today I ordered the crimping tool and an initial supply of connectors from Lightingshrink. I understand that the Yellow MAP gas is the best for shrinking.

I welcome any comments/suggestions from any of you guys who are using this method/supplier.

Thanks/regards,

ROS

I might get beat up - but a Heat Gun works fine if you don't mind dragging an extension cord around the property.
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I might get beat up - but a Heat Gun works fine if you don't mind dragging an extension cord around the property.
Let the beatdown begin. Talk about cumbersome. I can hear the breaker popping from the amp draw on an extension cord right now.

As James mentioned, use a propane torch. It's easy, convienent, and cheap.
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