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Re: Underground electrical splice

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Posted by RMinVa on December 26, 2012 at 13:13:09 from (

In Reply to: Underground electrical splice posted by mkirsch on December 26, 2012 at 11:18:27:

Made a lot of splices over the years and some
underground. I'd make the splice connection with
split bolts sized for the wire unless you have
access to lugs and a crimper. Keep it clean. After
each split bolt connection is made use Scotch
Varnished Cambric Tape and cover all the exposed
area and up the insulation about 2 inches and at
least 3 wraps. Keep it clean. Then use Scotch
Linerless Rubber Splicing Tape. This tape is made
to stretch as it's being applied. Cut each piece
about 5 inches long and stretch as applied to
cover all the area with at least 2 complete wraps
and extend up the insulation past the Cambric
about 1 inch. Keep it clean. Then apply Scotch
Super 33+ Vinyl Electrical Tape. Tape over the
linerless with 3 full wraps and up the insulation
another inch past the linerless.

Don't settle for other brands of tape. This is
the best I know of and have used it for over 25
years. The linerless will become a ball of rubber
and seals really good if applied proper. The
Cambric is used basically so you can get all that
tape off the connection if need be later. If you
don't use the Cambric and have to get back in that
connection later you'll wish you had used it. The
linerless is really hard to cut once it's applied.
It has to be cut to be removed. If you have to cut
some you can most of the time feel when the blade
goes through the Cambric. Then you can use channel
lock pliers and roll the tape wad off.

Use heat shrink over all that.


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