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    Default Re: A great way to splice small gauge wire and communication cable

    Do they also call them "Jellybeans"?

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    Default Re: A great way to splice small gauge wire and communication cable

    I will add to the discussion that this sounds like a great way to connect low voltage and low frequency wires and signals together. The post includes communication cable also, and this method should not be used for coax or high speed wiring like network cables and TV signals. These require special connectors and a little thing called impedance comes into play. Just an FYI. I will be getting these connectors for my future low voltage connections though.

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    Default Re: A great way to splice small gauge wire and communication cable

    So I guess I shouldn't butt splice my single mode fiber , huh ?

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    Default Re: A great way to splice small gauge wire and communication cable

    Quote Originally Posted by djohns View Post
    So I guess I shouldn't butt splice my single mode fiber , huh ?
    LOL ...
    "" an ounce of perception -- a pound of obscure "
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    Default Re: A great way to splice small gauge wire and communication cable

    OK, the first post doesn't make a lot of sense unless you already know what he's talking about.

    I'm guessing it is the "insulation displacement connectors" (IDC), where you stick the wires into the connector and squeeze it. These connectors are typically red, green, or yellow (depending on whether it's a three-way splice, a tap, or a two-way splice, respectively) and are filled with a jelly to seal out air and water.

    The hard part is getting these squeezed evenly. It seems like what usually happens is the colored part ends up getting cross-wise so you can't get it all the way squeezed. The proper tool for the job -- which I lack -- is parallel jaw pliers, which are nearly impossible to find. (Hence why I don't have them.) And meinsc is right about not using them on high-frequency lines like computer networks. They work great for phone lines and audio wiring, though.

    I've seen these connectors available at Home Depot in the low-voltage wiring section. Also available at Radio Shack.
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    Default Re: A great way to splice small gauge wire and communication cable

    I believe this is the tool your looking for, or if the link doesn't work just look for scotchlok pliers at your favorite home improvment store


    http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...7X-_-100647722

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