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What size female connectors are required for attachment to the lugs on the CTB16PC? I know they are 1/4 inch, but the connectors are listed as either #6 or #8 F Disconnect.

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Ray,

There's a place near you that sells them for $3.69 for 100. They seem to have good prices on quite a bit. This is where I got my soldering station last year too. I have ordered from them several times and usually receive the merchandise the next day, two days at the most.

http://circuitspecialists.com/level.itml/icOid/7706

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Denny, your right there only about 3 blocks away, I've ordered stuff from them before and just went and picked it up. (save shipping charge that way)

I ordered my terminals from All electronic because they work in my crimping tool better.

All I need to do now is get one of my boards to work :shock:

Have a good one

Ray

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Denny wrote:

What size female connectors are required for attachment to the lugs on the CTB16PC? I know they are 1/4 inch, but the connectors are listed as either #6 or #8 F Disconnect.



Did anyone determine if it was a #6 or #8? The site I am looking at has them listed this way.

http://www.web-tronics.com/incrfedi.html

Thanks,

Dan
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Dan,

That's where I was going to order also, but could never find out what size they were. I ended up ordering from a different site at a higher cost, but wanted to make sure I got the right size (1/4 inch). Maybe one of the electricians on the site can clarify for all of us.

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brewer wrote:

Denny wrote:
What size female connectors are required for attachment to the lugs on the CTB16PC? I know they are 1/4 inch, but the connectors are listed as either #6 or #8 F Disconnect.



Did anyone determine if it was a #6 or #8? The site I am looking at has them listed this way.

http://www.web-tronics.com/incrfedi.html

Thanks,

Dan

On this site it looks like the #6 are .187 inch and the #8 are .250 inch. So you would want the #8
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JimCanfield

what are these for, and they are not included with the controller? I ordered 2 of the 16 channel kits and this thread makes me wonder if i need to purchase other pieces to finish it.

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JimCanfield wrote:

what are these for, and they are not included with the controller? I ordered 2 of the 16 channel kits and this thread makes me wonder if i need to purchase other pieces to finish it.


If you did not buy the cord sets with your kit, this would be how you would connect the cords you provide to the board. The cord sets that you can buy with the kits already have these connectors crimped onto the cord. In my mind, it is money well spent.

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I picked some up at Home depot....

#16 - #14 Buchanan femal disconnects, they look almost identical to the ones that ship on the dangle set and also feel the same upon connection. I picked up a box of 100 I believe for around $3.50



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-klb- wrote:

The cord sets that you can buy with the kits already have these connectors crimped onto the cord. In my mind, it is money well spent.

The cord sets you can buy with the kits are nice, but are overkill for most applications. I have 1 controller with the cord set, but my other controllers have DIY wiring with SPT1 and/or molex connectors.

The 1 controller with the cord set powers a spotlight in a metal outdoor socket with a 3-pin plug. Everything else in my display has 2-prong plugs (like mini or LED light strings) or custom wiring (like the chasing candlesticks), so the black 3-pin sockets are too bulky. Also, I got a good deal on #14 orange 2-conductor cable, which I use to power some of the controllers. I wouldn't feel right having a 2-conductor power cord power a controller with 3-pin (but ungrounded) outlets.

It would be nice if a 2-pin, less bulky cord set was offered as an option.
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Steven wrote:

It would be nice if a 2-pin, less bulky cord set was offered as an option.

That would be a great option. :cool: I agree with you that the 3 prong heavy duty cords are a bit of an overkill for some of what we use the controllers for.
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JimCanfield

But it is nice for me seeing ALL my extention cords are outdoor 3 prong 16 or 14 ga cords. Call me crazy, but I just cannot get myself to trust indoor cords outside in the rain and snow......

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JimCanfield wrote:

... but I just cannot get myself to trust indoor cords outside in the rain and snow......

It's actually the sun you should not trust with the indoor cords. The difference between indoor and outdoor rated cords is the outdoor cords have UV protection in the insulation. The indoor cords will crack after being exposed to UV light. This is not a big problem for temporary use in the winter.
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George Simmons

I've been using indoor cords for a lot of my outdoor static displays for almost twenty years and have never had a problem, with the possible exception of seeming to trip the GFI's a bit more easily when it's damp or raining. (Actually, there's no way I could have afforded to do it with all outdoor cords over the years.) Yes, after about ten years or so they do start getting brittle, but other than replacing the ones that rabbits chew through, that's been about the extent of any problems. Just make sure you have good GFI's protecting your butt, though.

Ironically, during that time I've toasted more than just a few outdoor cords and splitters, but that's probably due to me loading up each 20-amp circuit with as many lights as I can without tripping the breaker. (Or, more accurately, waiting until the breaker DOES trip and then unplugging the last thing I added.) In a way, seeing LED's taking over the scene is a little sad... I always kind of enjoyed seeing the squiggly tracks through the yard where the heavy-duty cords melted the snow.

George Simmons

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JimCanfield

I catch my cords on sale for no more than $2.00 for cords 25 ft or less. The buck or so more is well worth the peace of mind for me. I would hate to ahve something happen and the insurance company refuse a claim because of improper cords outide. Maybe I am way to cautious, but I guess it is better safe than sorry. I am not against anyone using indoor cords, I am afraid of them. I guess I would rather invest in cords that I know will work for sure than have something go wrong by using the less than ideal supplies.

For me the cost in the long run is really not that much for the pece of mind it brings. Then again, it may be a false sense of hope!

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