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Re: Crimping versus Soldering
I'm working on my cal 25 just bought , had some ground ishews found the problems were crimp conectors not properly crimped or viberation, I see a lot of this in the automotive industry over the past 35 years.
The reason that a wire might break before or after a solder joint is when soldering your getting the wire to hot witch causes the wire to get brittle. Here is what I use solderseal but splice conectors you can buy at Amazon. All you need to due is heat it up with a heat gun, it solders and seals it all in one. you can buy a heat gun at harbor freight for 14dollors.
And products like those are why the ABYC prohibits solder as the sole means of mechanical connection... Please be careful...
Remember that solder is engineered to be flowing a temps below the burning of plastic. This means in a high resistance situation your solder can melt BEFORE the jacket lights on fire and release the wire so you now have a live dangling hot wire to short out on something. If using those I would not recommend pushing your fusing to the wires max ampacity for OCP.
-Maine Sail / CS-36T
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