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I'm building arches for the first time this year 6 arches at 7 channels each. Question: from each string on the arch, do you solder/butt splice to zip cord going directly to the controller or do you create a short cord that then plugs into a longer cord that goes to the the controller?

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I just cut the plug ends off the light strands, wire nut on the appropriate length of lamp type cord (buy it in reels), then wire nut the plug end back on, and put a little electrical tape over the wire nuts to seal out moisture. No problems, and it's quick and easy.

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I have 6 arches that are 8 channels each and the controllers are located between arch 1 and 2, between 3 and 4, between 5 and 6. I made custom length spt1 cords that are soldered directly to the lights and extend down the arch, to the controllers. If and when I ever rebuilt them , I really like the sleeve method that others are using and would end up leaving the plugs on the lights and add female plugs to the end of my custom cut lengths of spt1.

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I used SPT1 cord that was run along the PVC so it was under the lights as I/we wrapped. I soldered the SPT1 wire to the lights and have had no problems. I know a friend used wire nuts and he has not had any problems. I just prefer know they are soldered and don't have to worry about a wire nut coming loose.

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i solder spt1 under the lights and leave a 6 - 12" tail at the end of the pole. i then make custom length to the controller. that way if i want to rearrange my display i dont lose spt wire or have too short or too long a length.

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I am also making my first arches and I have been cutting off the ends and splicing in extensions with spt-1 using a crimping tool designed for telecom use. It is made by AMP, model vs-3. They are very pricey as well as the crimps (picabonds, I'm using green without any problems). The splices crimp through the insulation right to the conductor, they make a very clean splice that is insulated and gel filled. I wouldn't recommend using it with spt-2 because of the thicker insulation.

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