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    Where did they go?

    What ever happened to the old style 3 M red wirenuts. (reds) They were a softer plastic without the big wings. Also they took up less room in a tight junction box. I cant seem to find them anywhere. Not on ebay or Amazon.

    #2
    As you talking about scotch-locks?

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      #3
      Sounds like these:

      Rob

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      All responses based on the 2014 NEC unless otherwise noted

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        #4
        Originally posted by infinity View Post
        Sounds like these:

        I typically find those wirenuts in j-boxes where I'm at, from previous installations. I hate trying to remove those wirenuts! They don't seem to "unscrew" off the conductors the way ideal twister-nuts do! Sometimes I just clip the wire just below the wirenut rather than fight with those wirenuts!

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          #5
          Originally posted by sw_ross View Post
          I typically find those wirenuts in j-boxes where I'm at, from previous installations. I hate trying to remove those wirenuts! They don't seem to "unscrew" off the conductors the way ideal twister-nuts do! Sometimes I just clip the wire just below the wirenut rather than fight with those wirenuts!
          Squeeze them with your linemans first and they will twist off.

          Roger
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            #6
            Originally posted by roger View Post
            Squeeze them with your linemans first and they will twist off.

            Roger
            Might even need to squeeze with a pliers while twisting off at times. When you try to remove it the outer plastic is just spinning but inner connecting component is not moving.
            I live for today, I'm just a day behind.

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              #7
              Yeah, they're nice as long as you don't have to get them off.

              -Hal

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                #8
                As implied by their name they lock onto the splice, more so when using solid over stranded conductors. We used them exclusively for decades until 3M phased them out about 10 years ago.
                Rob

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                  #9
                  When we would get those scotch locks on a job I'd throw them away and order Buchanan brand.
                  Agree squeeze to remove. I use cutter part of linesman they come right off

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                    #10
                    For solid conductors there was nothing better. They locked onto the splice and took up less room in the box/fixture, etc. because of their narrow design.
                    Rob

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                      #11
                      I hate them.
                      I've used all kinds and like Ideal and B-cap.

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