When it comes to buying any kind of wire connectors, for example, computer connectors or adapters, people are overconfident. This is because they are unaware of the fact that not all wire connectors are built in the same way. This article will highlight some common blunders that occur while buying wire connectors. It will also provide you with the insights to avoid these errors.
Choosing the wrong size
The “one size fits all” logic cannot be applied here. When a wire fits into the connector, we often assume that it is perfect for typical splices. This is not true as only specific wire combinations are approved by UL for every connector. If you do not choose the right size, it can result into failed connections and useless repairs.
Solution: Get yourself acquainted with wire connectors and know which wires they can fit with according to the UL specifications. If you are unaware of such specifications, you can also check them on the website of the manufacturers. In case information like this is missing on the website, you should speak to the manufacturers or authorities of the firm. As they have the list of wire connectors and their UL specifications, they will be able to help you with the details in best way possible.
Overlooking the voltage details
There are times when people do not choose the exact voltage required and end up buying either low or high voltage connectors. Some also tend to use whatever is available at the moment. This should be avoided at all costs as you will have to redo the connections. Not just that, you will also lose the money you have spent on installing the inventory and other equipment.
Solution: There is just one. Conduct proper research on the voltage needed for each wire connector. Read the specifications and then finalize it.
Giving too little or too much torque
You need to be careful here! This is because if the torque applied is too less, it can result into arcing, which can cause a fire hazard. Moreover, if the connection is weak, the system will not work in the right way. Hence, make sure that you take your own time to tighten every wire connector. On the other hand, if the torque applied leads to tight connection, it can cause a damage to wire connectors.
Solution: You need to ask yourself questions like, “Is the connector too tight?” “Are the wires outside the connector twisted?” “Is it possible to pull the connector without twisting?” The answers to the first two questions should be No. And the answer to the last question should be yes. However, an electrician can be a better judge of the torque intensity.
The above mentioned are some of the most commonly occurring mistakes which can lead one to having accident prone surroundings and poor connections. The time and money spent after these tasks are additional pain points. So make sure you take your time and choose your wire connectors wisely!