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Posted By Topic: Wire Nuts - legal?

bjem85
Feb 03 2014 09:24

Are \\\\\\\'wire nuts\\\\\\\' (see attached photo) legal for use in NZ with mains wiring? They use them all the time in the USA. I\\\\\\\'ve seen them on sale at Global PC in Christchurch and I\\\\\\\'ve come across lighting that has used them for internal connections.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f0/Wire_nuts.jpg/517px-Wire_nuts.jpg
   

AlecK
Feb 03 2014 09:37

clause 3.7.2
   

bjem85
Feb 03 2014 11:45

Assuming you\'re talking about AS/NZS 3000 the answer appears to be \"Yes\" - as long as you can satisfy yourself and others they are safe for the job.
   

pluto
Feb 03 2014 12:37

The other requirement is that they are made to a Standard reference 3000 clause 3.7.2.4 (a).

Many wire nuts will fail this test.
   

AlecK
Feb 03 2014 16:14

Always remembering that what may be OK within an appliance - such as a luminaire - may not be OK for installation wiring
   

dbuckley
Feb 04 2014 15:12

Please - just don\'t.

Wire nuts are the spawn of the devil.

The Americans use them, but you need the right wire nuts for the right guage of wire, and there is definite skill involved in using them. They are not as easy as they look!