Re: Is tinned boat wire necessary?
In general, Iím in agreement with Minnesail: itís almost always better to do a proper crimp connection with the appropriate terminals and tools. But Colemj made a point about not using solder on the ends of wires that are inserted into screw-down terminal blocks. Heís right, you usually donít need or want it. My point was that sometimes, where itís difficult to see that there are no loose strands pushed out of the wire when itís inserted into a block, one can use a little bit of solder at the very end of the wire just to hold the strands together. Itís a sometimes-useful technique when you canít see to insert the wires.