Hulldude15 wrote:Do you have to expose the metal part of the wires or can you keep the plastic on? I bought some off ebay and I'm not sure if I am using them correctly.
When using Snap lock (splice) type connectors you do not strip any of the the wires insulation at all.
The connector is placed over the unstripped bus wire and the end of the 'take off' wire (The dropper wire) is placed into the blanked off end side of the connector, again the wire is unstripped. Close up the cover and if necessary use a pair of pliers to crush the blade into the the two wires. Clip the cover in place and connection is made.
The connectors blade uses the Insulation Displacement Connector (IDC) principle of cuting through the two wires insualtion and then lightly nicking the copper wires inside, but without cutting through the copper wires.
That is why its so important to ensure you obtain the correct size of connector for the bus wires size.