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I am trying to wire three hot wires together with a pigtail which means I need to twist four 14-gage wires into a nut (I am using a tan nut which I believe is suitable for this).

The problem I'm having is holding them all steady so I can twist them together real good before capping them off. Is there a tool designed for this? It's a problem I've always had and it seems like someone would have come up with a solution.

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Is the power on? I thought we dealt with this issue a few years back. –  Chris Cudmore Apr 23 '13 at 14:40
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You could try just using some electrical tape to hold them. –  Brad Gilbert Apr 24 '13 at 15:01
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Yes. It's called Lineman's Pliers.

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To use:

  1. Strip the wires a bit longer than required (1" - 1 1/2").
  2. Hold the wires at the insulation between your thumb and forefinger.
  3. Pinch the tip of all the wires in the lineman's pliers.
  4. Twist the wires together using the pliers.
  5. Trim the end of the wires to the proper length.
  6. Twist on the twist-on wire connector.

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You could also try using crimp connectors, with insulated caps.

Crimp ConnectorCrimp Connector Insulator

But then you'll need a crimp tool

Crimp Tool


Or as auujay points out, you can use push-in wire connectors. Which you can read about on the blog

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Personally I get too frustrated trying to cram a large number of wires into a nut (even a large one designed for it). I just use the multi-push in connectors for the few times I need to do this: diy.blogoverflow.com/2012/01/… –  auujay Apr 23 '13 at 14:59
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@auujay If you're "cramming" wires, you're doing it wrong. –  Tester101 Apr 24 '13 at 11:45
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Three wires can be held nicely at 120 degrees from each other in three-jaw drill chuck.

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