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Old 05-27-2009
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Just because Nigel Calder recommends it, doesn't make it right. For instance, Don Casey recommends that you tighten deck hardware partially, until the sealant cures and then finish tightening it after it has fully cured, which is also clearly wrong... and leads to more expensive repairs than properly countersinking the fastener holes and tightening it down once. While Don and Nigel are highly respected, some of their recommendations have since been disproven by real-world experience.

I'd also point out that soldering requires a deft hand and knowledge of how to do so properly to get a decent connection and requires a mechanical connection as well afterwards.

Crimping a connection is far easier for most people to do, and provides both a mechanical and electrical connection at once. Using the proper crimp tool and decent crimp connectors makes it very simple to get a solid and consistent connection.

I'd also point out that adhesive lined heat shrink tubing is really a good idea regardless of whether you crimp or solder.
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