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I would like to wire an off-on switch for a router table I am making. I have never done this before. Hard to do? When I use wire nuts to fasten two wires, is it ok to use electricians tape at the bottom of the wire nut just for extra protection?

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I forgot. Size of wire? I would like it to be heavy duty.

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Hi KR

Elec.tape will break down in time..



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I would like to wire an off-on switch for a router table I am making. I have never done this before. Hard to do? When I use wire nuts to fasten two wires, is it ok to use electricians tape at the bottom of the wire nut just for extra protection?

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are these bell connectors available at hardware stores. I did a Google and didn't find any.
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I'm not exactly sure how you are wiring the switch, but I don't think you should need any wire nuts.

Get an extension cord and cut the female end off (or buy a wire already prepped for this) and then attach the wires to the switch. Then run wires from the switch to the outlet. You could even use a piece of the extension cord you used for the incoming power.

No need for wire nuts at the fixtures as they have their own attachment devices.

14/3 will be plenty for a router (15 amp capacity), and this is a common size for an extension cord. There is a good chance the cord on your router is 16/2.
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are these bell connectors available at hardware stores. I did a Google and didn't find any.
Hi Kelly - just use a wire connector nut. Just make sure the wires are twisted tightly together for about 3 turns of bare copper, trim off any "ears" and put the nut on. You can tape over the nut if you are concerned about it coming off, it won't but some have that concern. 12 awg is the correct wire size.
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12 AWG is for a 20 amp circuit. 14 AWG is for a 15 amp circuit.

I know of no router that will pull 20 amps.
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Hi KR

Yes from ACE and many other outlets.very quick and safe..









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Hi

I have 3 that will pull 20 amps.



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12 AWG is for a 20 amp circuit. 14 AWG is for a 15 amp circuit.

I know of no router that will pull 20 amps.



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12 AWG is for a 20 amp circuit. 14 AWG is for a 15 amp circuit.
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I know of no router that will pull 20 amps.
I believe the big Festool, not that it's anywhere near my budget, is rated at 18. Furthermore, most router will pull more than rated amps for at least a brief period until they start smoking. Wood Magazine, October 2010, tested a Ridgid 11 amp rated machine that pulled "12 to 19 amps" under load testing. Also, if you have a 20 amp switch, it just makes sense to me to run 20 amp wires to it.

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