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Underwriter's (Electrician's) Knot Tying

Form a loop using the first wire. With the second wire, form a loop around the first and pass the tail through its loop. Attach the wires to their terminals. Strain on the cable is now taken by the knot.
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Underwriter's (Electrician's) Knot Details

Origin: This knot was described by Ashley as a Wall Knot of two strands which he recommended for electricians expecting rough treatment (ABOK # 237, p 44.) It is known as the Underwriter's Knot – presumably because fire underwriters know that the strain relief reduces the risk of fires and electrocution.

Tying it: The two strands wrap around each so that each strand exits the knot away from the standing end. This is the same technique employed when tying a Wall Knot.

Strain Relief: When finished and installed, the knot should be snug against the housing and both terminal leads should have a little slack. Then, strain on the line is taken by the knot and does not affect the connections.

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