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LORi P

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This is my first year, and I ordered 1000 ft of SPT2 wire:
http://www.skycraftsurplus.com/18awglampcordspt2.aspx

and SPT2 vampire plugs (both male and female):
http://www.allthingschristmasandmore.com/Electrical-Receptacle-female-green-slide-on-SPT-2-_p_3772.html

Maybe this is how the wire is supposed to fit, but my I can't help but to think something is not right.

The fit if the wire into the plug is extremely tight. So tight that I almost cannot even get the wire into the plug. It takes me a couple of minutes of pressing the wire against the edge of a shelf or hammering the wire down into the plug with the handle of a screwdriver before I can even think about trying to slide the cover on. And it is a struggle to get the cover to slide on as well.

Is the fit supposed to be this tight?

Does anyone know if the insulation of the above SPT2 wire thicker than 'normal'?

Is it possible that I was accidentally shipped SPT1 plugs? The label on the bag has a lot of Chinese printing on it, and handwritten in pen is SPT2. I can't read Chinese. :)

The wire teeth seem to penetrate the insulation OK - the cords I have made work. But it takes so much work to make them, I think buying cords might be more appealing.

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LORi P wrote:

This is my first year, and I ordered 1000 ft of SPT2 wire:
http://www.skycraftsurplus.com/18awglampcordspt2.aspx

and SPT2 vampire plugs (both male and female):
http://www.allthingschristmasandmore.com/Electrical-Receptacle-female-green-slide-on-SPT-2-_p_3772.html

Maybe this is how the wire is supposed to fit, but my I can't help but to think something is not right.

The fit if the wire into the plug is extremely tight. So tight that I almost cannot even get the wire into the plug. It takes me a couple of minutes of pressing the wire against the edge of a shelf or hammering the wire down into the plug with the handle of a screwdriver before I can even think about trying to slide the cover on. And it is a struggle to get the cover to slide on as well.

Is the fit supposed to be this tight?

Does anyone know if the insulation of the above SPT2 wire thicker than 'normal'?

Is it possible that I was accidentally shipped SPT1 plugs? The label on the bag has a lot of Chinese printing on it, and handwritten in pen is SPT2. I can't read Chinese. :)

The wire teeth seem to penetrate the insulation OK - the cords I have made work. But it takes so much work to make them, I think buying cords might be more appealing.

Lori it is possible they shipped the wrong plugs however even I find I have to push the wire in tight then slide the cover over I use a pair of pliers to lock it into place. it is a tight fit though.
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Took me about 100 connections before I really noticed the difference.

For safety's sake - I sure hope you went back and checked those hundred connections to make sure you don't have cords with crossed hot and neutrals.
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Lori..are you saying step 6 as shown in the land of lights tutorial, and pasted below, is where you are having problems?

I've always used SPT-3 (CDI) which is essentially SPT-1, so can't speak to whether you'd have the problem with SPT-2 fitting to an SPT-1 plug.

The fact that it appears the wire is too big for the plug , suggests either a poorly made plug, or the wrong type of plug, or larger gauge wire. Remember, SPT comes in multiple sizes.

The caps are what i would consider a tight fit, thats intended, channel-locks make it easier, but not to the point of you absolutely cannot slide them on with your fingers.

If I had to guess, I'm thinking you got crappy plugs from the supplier.


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