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The crimp tools mounted to the work bench at most WM stores are sized for nico press swage sleeves not electrical crimp connectors... As such it will be guess work at best to ascertain whether you have actually made a true cold formed crimp. If using these tools I would advise cutting a fitting open right in the middle of the crimp then hitting it with a drill mounted wire brush to see if any wire ends expose. If you see individual strands instead of one solid mass of copper the crimp is not a good one..
It may very well make a solid crimp but to be sure I'd certainly want to visually inspect one especially on that gauge wire..
-Maine Sail / CS-36T
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Last edited by Maine Sail; 03-13-2009 at 01:02 PM.