For some low voltage applications, I'm trying to use "crimped" connections. Specifically, I'm trying to use yellow terminals with 12 AWG stranded wire. I got a cheap color-coded ratcheting crimper for that.
The crimp joints this makes don't hold, it takes barely no force to pull the wire out. I figure it would work fine if it was 10 AWG instead, as there is a considerable difference between the 10 and 12.
Same crimper works fine crimping 18 AWG into red terminals.
So, my questions are:
- can I pad the wire that goes in with extra strands to make it same size as 10?
- should the crimper be adjustable not just to the size of the terminal, but also to the gauge of the wire (mine isn't)?