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Vampire Plugs And Sockets - Mixing Spt1 And Spt2?

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I am going to be constructing some custom extension cords and light strands and have heard about (and experienced myself a couple of times) problems with the prongs of the sockets/plugs/receptacles not going through the insulation on the wires well enough to make a good connection. I was wondering...if I took plugs/sockets designed for spt2 and placed them on spt1 wire, would the prongs be more likely to make a good connection? I'm assuming that since the insulation on spt2 is thicker, the prongs are longer- therefore going through the spt1 insulation easier. Just thought I'd get some insight before purchasing. Also, as long as we're at it, where's the best place to get the female plugs and bulb sockets? As I said, I'm making extension cords as well as light strands.

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I follow the idea. But the area that the wire rests in is larger, the SPT1 wire would then be further away from the prongs and you may also not line up side to side correctly. 

 

Testing would be the only way to find out I guess.

 

Lee

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Thats really strange that your having those problems with the SPT1 wire, maybe it's the material your using?  Cuz I probably have over 2000 connections where i used vampire plugs and not  one failure.   If you have to purchase more I got mine from Paul at CDI.

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Do not put a stp2 plug ob stp 1 wire all you will hacd is a big bunch of problems I had to do this my first year because I ordered the wrong ones and it was a huge hassle. However I have jamed stp 2 wire into a stp 1 plug and that works well its just hard to cram the wire into the plug and get the cover slid over it

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I am going to be constructing some custom extension cords and light strands and have heard about (and experienced myself a couple of times) problems with the prongs of the sockets/plugs/receptacles not going through the insulation on the wires well enough to make a good connection. I was wondering...if I took plugs/sockets designed for spt2 and placed them on spt1 wire, would the prongs be more likely to make a good connection? I'm assuming that since the insulation on spt2 is thicker, the prongs are longer- therefore going through the spt1 insulation easier. Just thought I'd get some insight before purchasing. Also, as long as we're at it, where's the best place to get the female plugs and bulb sockets? As I said, I'm making extension cords as well as light strands.

 

What can happen is that you go too deep, which causes a connection between the two wires, and then you end up shorting out. It can be done in a pinch, you just have to be careful.

 

A quick tip if you have having connection issues with SPT1, would be to get a set of channel lock type pliers, and when you put the wire in the plug, squeeze the wire into the plug a little with the pliers, then slide the plug back on. 

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I agree with what has already been said.

Don't mix, you asking for problems.

Never had a problem with spt 1.  I have heard of people having problems, but they bought cheap wire from one vendor, and the plugs from another vendor.  I have only used two vendors, CDI and actionlighting.  Their plugs, and wire has always held up well.  

Check the connections, and if needed use the channel locks.

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