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Old 09-21-2019, 10:33 PM   #1
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Scotchlok connectors

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Running 2 wires for my bus, and feeding the feeders in with scotchlok suitcase connectors. Made a mistake and inserted the wrong feeder in one of them. Didnt realize until after I clamped down the metal piece. Was easily able to pull out the track feeder wire, but not the bus wire. Will leaving a scotchlok connector on a bus wire with no feeder attached be a problem?

My electrical skills are extremely low.
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Old 09-21-2019, 11:01 PM   #2
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I wouldn't think it would be a problem. I'd be more concerned that the feeder wire pulled out easily. Are you sure you're using a connector compatible with both wire gauges?
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Old 09-21-2019, 11:09 PM   #3
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Yes I am using 16 gauge wire with 22 gauge kato feeder wire. Made sure to get connectors that fit each. Took a bit of pulling to get feeder out. End of it was stripped after coming out, so I'm sure the connection was ok.
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If I’m not mistaken, Scothlok are for 18-22 ga. And not for 16 ga..
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Old 09-22-2019, 09:21 AM   #5
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They do make them for 16 gauge wire.
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Old 09-22-2019, 10:36 AM   #6
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There is one model that works with #14 thru #22.

3M Scotchlok Red (22-14)

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Yes that's what I have.
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Old 09-22-2019, 10:56 AM   #8
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Will leaving a scotchlok connector on a bus wire with no feeder attached be a problem?

My electrical skills are extremely low.
You can leave it. Or open it up and spread the plastic jaws to remove it.
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Old 09-22-2019, 01:27 PM   #9
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It will be no problem, just leave it.
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Old 11-03-2019, 10:14 PM   #10
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The word scotchlok makes me shudder. I understand that it’s all indoors but those things fail constantly on equipment I work on so I delete them. I’ve used waytech connectors and deutch connectors to make jointed connections. More expensive but easier to troubleshoot and exponentially more reliable
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