Scotch-Lock Failure - Randy’s Electrical CornerPosted in How To: Electrical on July 4, 2015
I like a nice set of finely manicured nails as much as the next guy. Um, I mean on a girl. I’ve never had a manicure; my nails are a wreck. So are my cuticles. Wait, hold on—this is going the wrong way, and we are getting away from the point.
The point is, I think I’m getting old. I made a comment the other day about something bothering me about as much as someone scraping their nails on a chalkboard and the three people there were completely lost. When did chalkboards go out of style? Or when did people stop scraping their nails down them to get someone’s attention?
I’ve asked about 10-20 people about this since and no one knows what I’m talking about. The padded room, that is. Oh, no, I’m talking about Scotch-locks. Right, this is an electrical column. Scotch-locks bother me as much as nails on a chalkboard. I see them or someone mentions them, and I twitch just like someone would if you scraped your nails really hard on a chalkboard. But somehow that doesn’t mean anything anymore. When did that particular reference go out of style? Am I really getting that old?
Oh, right, back on topic here. Scotch-locks bother me because, by their very nature, they cut wires when you install them. On a Jeep, that means that you are making good and sure that you will have a failure of whatever electrical thing you hooked up. The vibrations will eventually let the connector cut all the way through the wire. I ran into an ’11 Wrangler Rubicon recently that had lights wired in with these things, and I think I passed out for a few seconds. Don’t use them. So, this column is dedicated to Scotch-locks (or whatever you call them), how they work, why they are horrible, and alternative methods of connecting wires besides these evil, evil things.