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Thread: Wire nuts for #6 wire?

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    Wire nuts for #6 wire?

    Is there such a thing as a wire nut rated for spliceing #6 wire?
    IMO nobody is perfect

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    Ideal 454 Blue lists 2 #6 with 1 # 12.
    Rick

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    the box I have looked at says wire range is #14-#8 for blue wire nuts

    just started thinking that I have never seen a wire nut rated for #6 wire.have always used split bolts and just started to wonder why.

    going to go do a search of Ideal wire nuts
    IMO nobody is perfect

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    Quote Originally Posted by marinesgt0411
    the box I have looked at says wire range is #14-#8 for blue wire nuts

    just started thinking that I have never seen a wire nut rated for #6 wire.have always used split bolts and just started to wonder why.

    going to go do a search of Ideal wire nuts
    Their website says 2-#6 with 1-#12.

    Or goto http://www.idealindustries.com/pdf/Combinations.pdf for the skinny on all their wirenuts.
    It's not rocket surgery!

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    Polaris and NSI make insulated bugs. Irrespective of what thw wire nut mfr's say, when it comes to amperage ratings I'd rather use these bugs than a wire nut. If I can find a link I'll post it here.

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    For #6 & bigger I always use split bolt connectors. I think they work great.

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    I've also liked lugs bolted together for some of the motors that had #6 or larger supplying them. Usually had a couple of motor leads for each supply line. Followed up w/ mylar (sp?), 3M 125C "streach" tape, and 2 layers of Super 33+. That always lasted longer than the motor.

    . . .come to think of it, if it was just #6, I didn't use the mylar; just a layer of 33+ upside down. The mylar would have taken up too much space.

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    I have some Ideal blues I recently used to splice some #6. Not a fun task. Next time I'm going to use split bolts or butt splicers.
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    I doubt I will ever by split bolts I just never liked them.

    There are just so many other choices many of which are pre-insulated and easily removable / reusable that IMO split bolts are history.

    But as far as the OP I would use the Idea 454s that where already mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iwire
    I doubt I will ever by split bolts I just never liked them.

    There are just so many other choices many of which are pre-insulated and easily removable / reusable that IMO split bolts are history.

    But as far as the OP I would use the Idea 454s that where already mentioned.
    I agree with the Polaris type connectors out now. A bit more money, but well worth the savings in labor. Great for motor connections. If the rotation is backwards. No problem.
    It's not rocket surgery!

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