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[Shop-talk] Fw: Scotch-locks and T-Taps

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Subject: [Shop-talk] Fw: Scotch-locks and T-Taps
From: "Mark Watson" <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jan 2010 08:22:34 -0500
Hi All,

    Happy New Year!

    Randall makes a great and valid point about optimum conditions.  I just 
wanted to point out that we're all probably using tens if not hundreds of 
Insulation Displacement Connectors (IDC) to send our emails - all the ribbon 
connectors in our computers are IDC.  And that drives home Randall's point - 
ideal conditions.

    In another email Steve Trovato mentions the posi-lock products.  I poked 
around their website - they look really good - so good that I was 
suspicious.  Thanks to David C. for giving a group member endorsement - 
having at least mostly lurked in this list for years a member of this group 
saying good things means a whole lot more to me than most of the marketing
hype we see.

Mark Watson
1956 Daimler Regency Mk II '104' <-- long term resto project
1965 Ford Falcon <-- shorter term (I hope!) repair project
various other transportation pods

> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Randall" <>
> To: "'Shop Talk List'" <>
> Sent: Friday, January 01, 2010 8:41 PM
> Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Scotch-locks and T-Taps
>>> If you use tapping connectors such as T-Taps (not to be confused with
>>> Scotch-locks), avoid using them in higher-current applications
>>> (constant 12V, ground, etc.)  These connectors are inferior in
>>> quality and should be avoided.
>> Regardless of what you call them, IMO insulation-displacement connectors 
>> are
>> to be avoided in higher-current applications period.  They can work under
>> optimum conditions, but conditions are rarely optimum.  (Do you really 
>> know
>> exactly what size wire is inside that insulation?  It's important ...)
> <snip>
>> Randall
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