Step-Down Butt Splices with Clear Heat Shrink
Step down Heat Shrink butt splices are used to connect different gauge wires together. They are also used to connect multiple wires of the same size. So, you could connect a 10 gauge wire to a 12 AWG wire or connect a 12 AWG wire to two 12 AWG wires. The first step is to make sure you have properly stripped the wires to the correct length. If you look inside the butt splice you will see an indentation your wires should butt up against. Also, be careful to make sure that the butt splice and the wires insulation are touching. If not, you run the risk of weakening the connection. Next, the stripped wire is inserted into one side of the butt splice and crimped with the proper tool. This crimp bends the connector around the wire. This crimp creates a solid connection. On the other side, we'll add two wires. After crimping, perform the tug test to make sure the wires don't pull out Once your wire has passed the test, apply heat to the heat shrink working outward. Be careful not to burn the butt splice or the wire insulation. Now you've created a durable, environmentally protected connection. Remember, Butt splices are useful for their rapid installation and durability. Other methods of connection may not offer the same level of protection.
|Wire Gauge 20-18 (5 per Unit)|
|SIDE ONE color stripe/AWG||RED/1@20-18|
|SIDE TWO color stripe/AWG||BLUE/2@20-18|
|Insulation Color||Clear/Red dashes|
|Wire Gauge 16-14 (5 per Unit)|
|SIDE ONE color stripe/AWG||BLUE/1@16-14|
|SIDE TWO color stripe/AWG||YELLOW/2@20-18|
|Insulation Color||Clear/Blue dashes|
|Wire Gauge 12-10 (5 per Unit)|
|SIDE ONE color stripe/AWG||YELLOW/1@12-10|
|SIDE TWO color stripe/AWG||RED/2@20-18|
|Insulation Color||Clear/Yellow dashes|
Sometimes in an electrical system you will need to connect one wire to multiple wires. You may also need to connect two different gauge wires together. It is situations like this where you would use step down butt splices with clear heat shrink. Step down butt connectors join two wires to one. The colored dash on the tubing indicates the wire AWG for the connector. Red means that side of the splice accepts 20-18 AWG wire. A blue band indicates 16-14 AWG. A yellow band means that the splice will accept 12-10 AWG wire. The heat shrink terminals provide a durable, environmentally sealed connection for wires between 20 AWG - 10 AWG. The clear heat shrink makes it easy to identify problematic areas. This could include exposed conductors or damaged insulation due to stress.
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