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    He called it a peckerhead...

    A classmate and I were watching a service tech troubleshoot a unit. He said the peckerhead burned up. We asked what a peckerhead was and he said it's what people in the field call the black electrical plug that goes on the compressor start, common, run pins. He didn't know if it had a real name.

    Was he messing with us or is that actually a common trade name for the part?

    What is the correct name?

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    Nope. Old school terminology.

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    It is also the name of the box on the side of larger motors where the wiring connections are made. I've wondered how that name came about. Anybody out there know ?

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    Heh heh, not sure why I clicked on a thread that says "peckerhead".....

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    Google search turned up this:


    http://en.allexperts.com/q/Electrica...minology-1.htm



    Honestly, I saw peckerhead in the title and just had to see what this was about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 76olds View Post
    Google search turned up this:


    http://en.allexperts.com/q/Electrica...minology-1.htm



    Honestly, I saw peckerhead in the title and just had to see what this was about.
    saw that as well while Googling for it. seems legit.

    maybe email the guy who wrote the reply and see if he can give you any more details?

    Craig
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    Quote Originally Posted by McCartney View Post
    A classmate and I were watching a service tech troubleshoot a unit. He said the peckerhead burned up. We asked what a peckerhead was and he said it's what people in the field call the black electrical plug that goes on the compressor start, common, run pins. He didn't know if it had a real name.

    Was he messing with us or is that actually a common trade name for the part?

    What is the correct name?
    Wait until he asks you for a pair of "dykes"!
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    OK I figured out how to post a pic. Here is what he referred to as a peckerhead. I'm glad to know he wasn't messing with us, that it is old school terminology. I have some more questions but before going any further I'd like to know what to call this part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 76olds View Post
    Google search turned up this:


    http://en.allexperts.com/q/Electrica...minology-1.htm



    Honestly, I saw peckerhead in the title and just had to see what this was about.
    I was a maintainer, and we did NOT use an exothermic weld to attach track wires to the rail. We DID weld for signal bonding, yes, but track wires are often needed to have the "removable" aspect for testing and repairs. In my part of the country, we did not call this connection a "peckerhead." Maybe it called that on a more Southern territory.

    I never had a nicopress sleeve go high resistance on me, either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McCartney View Post


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    OK I figured out how to post a pic. Here is what he referred to as a peckerhead. I'm glad to know he wasn't messing with us, that it is old school terminology. I have some more questions but before going any further I'd like to know what to call this part.
    There is your first clue. That compressor was running too hot.
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    I'm w/ 'chiller, old school name.

    how about a hickey- an old electrical term as well
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    umm...guessing after 15 yrs...im still new skool.....

    heard the term peckerhead many times....just never in a hvac kinda way....


    ie....

    my wife:

    my old man is such a peckerhead that he..........

    you get my jist...


    Please, Please Please......keep the Factory Smoke in the Wires!!!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by billygoat22 View Post
    I'm w/ 'chiller, old school name.

    how about a hickey- an old electrical term as well
    I've heard referred as a conduit bend.

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