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bicknell

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Re: Wiring question
« Reply #15 on: August 26, 2009, 04:49:43 PM »
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I am a big fan of the European style connectors. They are reliable and do not require the wire to be bent around a screw.  They can be trimmed to length and each conductor is completely isolated. I use this style of terminal strip for all my connections where a terminal would be appropriate. Otherwise, also being an air force guy, I open, wrap, and solder. I may re-examine this since while I share the same misgivings about suitcase connectors they seem to be working reliably for a lot of people.

The "Eurostyle" fix a lot of issues, but the problem is with the screws backing out under vibration.  The cheap ones available at places like radio shack have no sprung metal to keep the screw from backing out.  I've seen wires fall out of a euro-style strip after transporting it a long way.

Some of the newer ones you can get with an internal spring.  Really it's just a slightly bent piece of metal where the screw goes in that keeps pressure on the screw and prevents vibration from backing it out.  These would probably be ok.

How do we get people to know the difference?

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Re: Wiring question
« Reply #16 on: August 26, 2009, 09:07:34 PM »
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The "Eurostyle" fix a lot of issues, but the problem is with the screws backing out under vibration.  The cheap ones available at places like radio shack have no sprung metal to keep the screw from backing out.  I've seen wires fall out of a euro-style strip after transporting it a long way.

Some of the newer ones you can get with an internal spring.  Really it's just a slightly bent piece of metal where the screw goes in that keeps pressure on the screw and prevents vibration from backing it out.  These would probably be ok.

How do we get people to know the difference?

By making sure they understand not to buy them at Radio Shaft. Have them order the good ones from Digi-Key or Allied instead.

"Radio Shaft: You've got Questions, We've got Blank Stares".
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mmyers

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Re: Wiring question
« Reply #17 on: August 26, 2009, 09:19:31 PM »
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How do you maintain an unbroken bus using a Euro style terminal strip? Do we ban radio shack terminal strips? If so, who gets to be the bad guy?
Maybe a bus bar that has one hole large enough for the bus wire to pass through? Would be hard to use with zip cable.
Soldering is a better choice and you don't really need to find extra parts or doohickeys (technical term).


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Re: Wiring question
« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2009, 02:59:32 PM »
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Thanks to everyone who contributed a great deal of knowledge. There certainly a lot of divergent opinions on this question and I'll consider all.  When I decide how I'm going to do the wiring I'll let the forum know iof it's unique.
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