Originally Posted by justjon
Wow, what an educatuion! So this means that for me to reinstall my VHF radio which consists of one conection that I soldered and shrinkwrapped, I have to buy a $40 tool and the proper marine grade conectors and adhesive shrinkwrap and redo this all over again. My $50 an hour marine electrician sounds cheap at this point.
No it does not, if you are comfortable with your connection.
It should be noted that the ABYC standards say solder shall not be the sole means of mechanical connection.
188.8.131.52. Solder shall not be the sole means of mechanical connection in any circuit. If soldered, the connection shall be so located or supported as to minimize flexing of the conductor where the solder changes the flexible conductor into a solid conductor.
It is a still a good idea to know how to crimp and to have a decent tool to make them with. The Harbor Freight Tool crimper is only $14.99 and heat shrink butt splices can be bought at Home Depot and even Wal*Mart these days.. Under $20.00 for a crimper and the butt splices..