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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-26-2011, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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Vaseline in place of dielectic

has anyone used vaseline in place of dielectic for water proofing electical plugs/fittings????

I have heard of this from a few coworkers, but wanted to see what the concensus was out there...

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That's funny. I thought about it the other day. Wasn't sure if the grease had some sort of electrical properties that Vaseline didn't.

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Dialectric grease claim to fame is that it is not a conductor. Because it is parafin based, I would think that Vaseline would work as well as any dielectric grease at keeping moisture out of the electrical contacts because it too is non-conductor.

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I'd say you could put paste wax in and it'd work too....but I don't know why you would want to?? Dielectric is like $2 for a small tube and is specifically made for the purpose.
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Vaseline

Vaseline might get hot and will run off the connection.

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Dialectric grease claim to fame is that it is not a conductor. Because it is parafin based, I would think that Vaseline would work as well as any dielectric grease at keeping moisture out of the electrical contacts because it too is non-conductor.
Right on!

I've used dielectric grease for years and only recently found out it was a "non conductor" of electricity. I figured it was because you can fill a connector with it and it works fine. But I guess the metal pins still have to make good contact for the connection to work.
Also..if this grease "was" a conductor , after you fill a connector with it , it could easily short two pins together! Not Good!

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