15: Wiring Connections
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When you have completed the Learning Tasks in this Competency, you will be able to:
- define the terms used and explain the principles of soldering
- describe the methods for making properly soldered connections
- maintain soldering equipment
- use wireless connectors
It is important for you to be familiar with techniques for soldering electrical connections and how to use wireless connectors. For example, the ends of the finely stranded wires used for power supply cords on most portable power tools are soldered to permit a long-lasting, trouble-free connection. Solder also produces secure, durable electrical connections for switches, plugs, and tools. Wireless connectors are commonly used in many electrical applications because they are quick and easy to use.
Making tight electrical connections is critical to a safe wiring job. If wires come loose, you could get arcing and overheating, which could lead to a fire. The right connector is determined by a number of variables.