Wago & Ideal Wire Connectors

globe199March 2, 2010

Just looking for opinions and observations (NOT a holy war) on the Wago and Ideal wire connectors.

What's been your on-the-job experience?

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I'll admit I am a convert. I have been using them on all my rough-ins and loving them!

I get only six and four port. They are literally a few pennies difference in price and cannot justify carrying four different sizes.
I use six post for anything more than a one gang box.

They are also only about 7-8 cents more than a wire nut. I can make up that many times over in time saved.

    Bookmark   March 2, 2010 at 3:28PM
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petey: what brand do you use?

    Bookmark   March 2, 2010 at 3:58PM
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Tom Pultz

I'm going to use the Ideal for my DIY rough-in. I asked my inspector if he required crimps, etc. and he said any method that's UL approved is OK. The Ideal are UL approved for grounding and bonding, which is all I will use them for.

For the 3-gang boxes I'll probably daisy-chain 4-port connectors together... two ports for incoming and outoing grounds, one port to the switch and another to the next connector... unless someone has a better idea.

I would love to see petey_racer post some pictures of his work :-)

    Bookmark   March 2, 2010 at 5:34PM
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I use Ideal 'cause that's what my guys carry.

Pics? Hmmmm. Maybe I can get some soon.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2010 at 4:18PM
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So you guys use these for hot, neutral and ground wires, correct? Do you tape them up when finished?

    Bookmark   March 3, 2010 at 4:26PM
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"Do you tape them up when finished?"

Why would you make a mess by taping them?

    Bookmark   March 3, 2010 at 5:40PM
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I do not use them for grounds. I use barrel crimps.

ABSOLUTELY DO NOT tape them. That would be more silly than taping a wire nut.
Just make sure your strip lengths are right.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2010 at 7:06PM
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