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post #233 of Old 08-17-2010
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Crimp 'em

Let the thread die? But I just got here, and this is one of the few things I know something about.

I was a marine electrician journeyman and foreman for 12 years at a Naval shipyard specializing in nuclear attack submarine overhauls. These boats are made as bulletproof as humanly possible with back ups to the backups.

We were constrained from soldering anything except for the gold pins and sockets in some of the older multipin connectors. We had to use un-insulated crimp connectors (never red, blue, or yellow insulated connectors) crimped with a Thomas and Betts 110 crimper, then shrink tube went over the crimp with the wire's ID on it. The Navy electrical design engineers decided thus for all the supporting reasons already pointed out here.

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