• Jack Tyler
    11
    Ray, thanks once again for your many project and product review videos. Now that our trailer has finally been delivered, I've been reviewing a few of them and I've noticed in a number of your electrical/electronic projects, you just love to haul out the soldering iron to jump a new wire into an existing one. (Connecting to the 12V power at your tank level monitor for that weather station project is a great example). Well...maybe you don't actually 'love' doing that...so as a small payback I wanted to suggest you try using a few of these lever-nut junctions. Easy-peasy to use, robust, and cheap. No soldering, no crimping, easily removable later when things change. See what you think...and thanks once again. https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Wago+221+Lever-Nut+Assortment+Pocket+Pack&ref=nb_sb_noss
  • Ray
    366
    Pretty sweet looking connectors. :up:
    I guess I'm unique in that I spent over 25 years as an electronic repair tech soldering every day, so has become second nature and can make a good solid joint that I have trust in.
    So I solder unless the wire is going to be subject to vibration then a crimp is usually a better bet.
    But I like how those Lever Nuts can be easily removed.
  • Randy Vallis
    38
    I've used them and they are great. Seems that high end lighting fixtures being sold now include them for the DIYer. I haven't used solder much but after watching you I'm not intimidated.
  • Drew
    6
    Jack,

    Thanks for the link- never seen these before. Only good for inside projects though...

    Drew
  • Greg F
    136
    This is the cheap kit we take along with us. We also have an assortment of wire nuts and crimp connectors. I might add some of these lever nuts as well.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078PK1K29/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  • Jack Tyler
    11
    FWIW I posted these Wago lever nuts primarily to tease Ray about having something else in his electronics tool box...and to thank him again for his many helpful videos. But I do think more options are better than fewer options, generally. So even tho' I nursed a sailboat to 53 different countries without a single electrical/electronic issue - can't say that about the other boat systems! - and know my way around a ratcheting crimper tool, I really appreciate having an option that takes no tools beyond a wire stripper when jumping in a lead. Glad to hear they are being included in fixture kits these days.
  • Gardner
    12
    I'm with you Ray, I prefer to solder wire connections.
  • RichardM
    54
    I like soldering connections as well unless it’s heavy gauge wire. But, like Ray, I’ve been soldering stuff since I was a kid.
  • VW's-Travels
    87
    Prefer my Never Luts come loose so re-solder when needed. Lead free of course.
  • Ray
    366
    Friend gift me some lever nuts to play with, here is a video demoing them



    Warning: The Lever Nuts shown in the video are not the name brand “Wago”. Caution must be taken as these may not be certified. Also as far as I can tell Wago Lever Nuts aren’t CSA certified for use in Canada but are commonly used in many other countries, especially Europe.

    Using such an item without the proper certifications could affect your insurance and/or warranty. Here is a link to the Wago Global Certificates and Approvals web page – https://www.wago.com/global/certificates

    They are also simple to disconnect and can be reused. Handy for testing and troubleshooting circuits

    They wouldn’t be suitable for outside use as they aren’t waterproof or for use on a wire that gets any movement or vibration, ie. Trailer brake wiring. But for many projects or mods around the RV, they could be a quick and convenient method of connecting wire versus solder, crimps or butt connectors.
  • Rush and Lola
    91
    If plastics involve in this type of work no thanks.
  • VW's-Travels
    87
    WAGO's!
    As an electrician and PM I looked at cost vs speed and connection reliability. Used these or similar in applications where stranded conductors were involved or taps/connections between solid and stranded wiring and situations where say #12 solid needed to be connected to smaller gauge stranded . - Fixtures, appliances, motors.
    Here's another little video.

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