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Medicm

10:49AM | 03/28/06
Member Since: 03/27/06
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I have installed many lights in the past and always find it difficult to join the fine small wires that come already attached to the lighting fixture to the larger copper wire. Usually I wrap the fine strands around the copper wire in th direction that the Marrett twists but many times the wire attached to the light pulls out as I am turning the marrett or when I go to electrical tape the marrett to the wire. Are there any secrets or tricks to make this easier especially when the pot lights only give you a box so small that it makes pushing the wires up nearly impossible?

Billhart

11:51AM | 03/28/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Try twisting all of the strand of the fixture wire before attaching it to the supply lines.

If the there is some insulation left on the fixture wire then twist that and "unscrew" it off and will give you a tight twist.

Even if there isn't I usually find that the prestrip amount is too short and strip some more and 'twist" that off.

If you are only fixture wire and one solid wire from the supply then you don't need to pretwist them. Just use the wirenut.




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