Follow-up : Okay To Use Electrical Tape and Silicone Rubber Sealant ?

Discussion in 'Irrigation / Sprinkler Forum' started by soca, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. soca

    soca New Member

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    I bought a small section of the sprinkler wire. I cleaned up the ends of the old wires and attached the new section. As a temporary fix, just to test the system, I attached the wires using twist-on connectors. The backyard sprinklers now work. But, here's the problems that I'm stuck with. The previous owner ( and sprinkler installer ) literally wedged the wire between the water supply line and drain pipe leaving me with almost no working room. In the interest of space, can I use electrical tape to connect the wiring ? Then, maybe coat each tape job with a layer of ( Dap ) 100% silicone rubber sealant ? Thanks much for the help.
  2. cacher_chick

    cacher_chick Test, Don't Guess!

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    Any decent home supply or electrical supply house sells waterproof splice kits. Go shopping.
  3. DonL

    DonL Jack of all trades Master of one

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    One thing that can be done for low voltage, Is to make your splice inside of a short piece of PVC pipe.

    Then fill the pipe with silicone rubber.

    It is a pain to work on again, but the splice is well protected.

    The wires should be soldered, not just twisted together.


    Good Luck on your project.
  4. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

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    I won't fault DonL's advice, but see my answer to your question in first post. Electrical tape will not waterproof the connection.
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