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Old 08-03-2022, 02:18 PM   #1
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Help electrician type gurus

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How do I manage these plastic arm connection jobbies (pic attached)?

These particular ones are in the Somfy RTS box for controlling the awnings.

I've never seen them before and I am afraid to break the plastic arms by manipulating them in the wrong way.

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Old 08-03-2022, 02:40 PM   #2
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Are you referring to where the two black wires, two white wires and one red wire are attached?
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Are you referring to where the two black wires, two white wires and one red wire are attached?
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Old 08-03-2022, 02:49 PM   #4
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And you are wanting to remove some/all of the wires (for whatever reason)?

You should be able to either push or pull (I would guess pull) on the white/grey tabs, which will release each wire. Unlikely you would break them unless you use excessive force (my opinion).
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Yessir.....was looking to remove and reattach wires.

We have had some minor awning may or may not work and I pushed on that wire outside of the box and the awning starting working correctly again so I figured I'd check/reattach the wires...

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See if a light/medium pull on the tabs will release the wires.

Let us know if that resolves your issue...good luck!!!
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My bet is push to release, should be light to moderate pressure
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Thanks guys will do and report back...

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Curiously, the wiring label adjacent to the terminal blocks shows all wires captured by a slotted screw.
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Looking at the OP's image, it looks like the bottom two aren't latched, or maybe unlatched.
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Looking at the OP's image, it looks like the bottom two aren't latched, or maybe unlatched.
Are you suggesting a toggle action for the white paddles?
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Remembering bad connections using Fahnestock clips 65 years ago. Hope he's not dealing with a spring-type wiring device.
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Looking at the OP's image, it looks like the bottom two aren't latched, or maybe unlatched.
I wish they were all screw down terminals...these middle ones are not and I do believe these are spring loaded.

All the wires seem to be attached as I lightly pulled on and then pushed them into the terminals with no ill effects...

Not sure if the plastic levers toggle front to back or up and down which is why I asked as we are travelling and I don't wish to break the 20yr old brittle toggles and have to order a new box while on the road.

I bet we all have these connections as they are for the large patio awning controls...luckily the box looks readily available...

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Well, if you break some plastic while trying to recapture the wires you may have room to solder them in place. That is, if you find a replacement is caught up in our dysfunctional supply chain.
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