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Tap Into a Wire

Another common method for attaching an accessory wire is to use an inline style connector, sometimes know as a vampire connector, because they “bite” and “suck power”! In reality they are inline wire taps and T tap connectors. T taps and inline taps are installed by trapping the feed wire and accessory wire within the body of the connector. Next the connector is folded over the wires and pinched closed with a pair of pliers, driving a metal guillotine like blade into the wires. These connectors are very easy and cheap to install but have some drawbacks. I have noticed that this style of connector tends to crush the wire and damage the covering in the process of piercing the wire. This type of connector also tends to allow moisture into the connection, which will in time cause corrosion and failure. Wrap this type of joint securely with electrical tape to seal out moisture, as it is too large for shrink tube. If there is no room or time for soldering the best wire tap connector I have found is the posi tap style of connector. It is a screw on style of connector as opposed to a guillotine or crushing type. This connector makes a very strong connection, is water-resistant and reusable. The top of the connector unscrews to accept the feed wire, and is then screwed down driving a small pin through the wire insulation. The other side of the connector unscrews to accept the striped end of the accessory wire, which is then threaded back on to lock the wire in place.