The Lineman’s splice is designed for connections that will be under tension. It is commonly claimed that, if properly made, a Lineman’s splice is stronger than the wires of which it is composed. It is a time-proven method from and one of NASA’s Required Workmanship Standards.
- The conductors shall be pre-tinned.
- There shall be at least 3 turns around each conductor and the wraps shall be tight with no gaps between adjacent turns.
- The wraps shall not overlap and the ends of the wrap shall be trimmed flush prior to soldering to prevent protruding ends.
- Conductors shall not overlap the insulation of the other wire.
Though the Lineman’s splice was originally used without solder, today soldering is common. And NASA insists on it the following.