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      Here is my two cents worth Skipper.
      First of all there are several flavors of crimpers.
      Calibrated crimpers such as https://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Betts...89923685&sr=1-4&keywords=thomas+betts+crimper.
      Regular crimpers such as this https://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Betts...9923685&sr=1-12&keywords=thomas+betts+crimper

      Now here is the caveat Skipper and listen well young grasshopper.
      The tool or the force DON'T MEAN ANYTHING if you are using cheap big box or Vato Zone crimp on terminals.
      Look up Thomas Betts ,Panduit or 3M crimp terminals they actually make terminals that are the real deal.
      See the OD of the barrel of the terminal is what compresses the wire so if you have cheap thin sheet metal folded over for a crimple barrel, (which is predominantly out there) will it supply as much force as copper ferule?
      So don't send big money on a fancy crimp tool spend money on good terminals and you will be happy.
      BTW I have used both Panduit and Thomas Betts and if installed correctly, the wire will break before any failure at the terminal.

      Then we can get back to important discussions like what ever happened to your DA pad?
       
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      Here is my two cents worth Skipper.
      First of all there are several flavors of crimpers.
      Calibrated crimpers such as https://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Betts...89923685&sr=1-4&keywords=thomas+betts+crimper.
      Regular crimpers such as this https://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Betts...9923685&sr=1-12&keywords=thomas+betts+crimper

      Now here is the caveat Skipper and listen well young grasshopper.
      The tool or the force DON'T MEAN ANYTHING if you are using cheap big box or Vato Zone crimp on terminals.
      Look up Thomas Betts ,Panduit or 3M crimp terminals they actually make terminals that are the real deal.
      See the OD of the barrel of the terminal is what compresses the wire so if you have cheap thin sheet metal folded over for a crimple barrel, (which is predominantly out there) will it supply as much force as copper ferule?
      So don't send big money on a fancy crimp tool spend money on good terminals and you will be happy.
      BTW I have used both Panduit and Thomas Betts and if installed correctly, the wire will break before any failure at the terminal.

      Then we can get back to important discussions like what ever happened to your DA pad?
      Good Grief, Professor! My wife only has so much money! How am I supposed to buy either of these tools? :rolleyes:

      I do the same, or use terminals without insulation, and then heat shrink. Use the shrink tube with adhesive if you can find it.
      Haven't seen heat shrink with adhesive. I will look for that. I usually spread a bit of Oxgard on the wire so it squeezes when it shrinks. Thanks, Hack.

      Solder.

      Chucker2
      I bought a small solder gun. One that I thought would make me a better solderer. But it was only an illusion! I do not have the knack. I end up melting the insulation!

      I use the wire crimper part of my cheap wire stripper.

      View attachment 3255033

      The only specialized crimper I have is for weatherpack connectors.
      This is the crimping plier I use. It's made by GB.
      My crimper looks like Orange CJs, but has crimping teeth more pronounced than Bob's... sort of a hybrid between the two.

      A commercial electrician friend recommended these when I installed a new wiring harness:

      https://www.lowes.com/pd/IDEAL-100-Pack-Plastic-Standard-Wire-Connector/50101796

      I used a small wire tie behind these to keep the pressure off the connector although the connection is very secure, and sealed with clear RTV sealant. They also come in 3 and 4 hole which are great for daisy chaining. They don't work well with wire smaller than 16 gauge.
      Since I am wiring triple fans this would have worked well. I haven't seen them before. It's a little "after the fact" at this point, but I'll check these out for the next project.

      Thanks, All.
       
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