Answered: R15aii Replacing Crimped on Pins on Wires

  1. 2 years ago

    Kevin Boenisch

    22 Jul 2016 Oakville, Ontario, Canada WPI, Former 2188A
    Edited 2 years ago by Kevin Boenisch

    Hi Karthik,

    According to R15aii we are allowed to repair damaged wires, additionally it has been clarified in the past that replacing a damaged crimped on pin with an identical one is a legal repair.

    ii. External wires on VEX electrical components may be repaired by soldering, using
    twist/crimp connectors, electrical tape or shrink tubing such that the original functionality
    / length is not modified in any way. Wire used in repairs must be identical to VEX wire.
    Teams may make these repairs at their own risk; incorrect wiring may have
    undesired results.

    My question is if it would be legal to snip just the old pin off, making it possible to then crimp on a new pin? In this process, the wire would inevitably become just a tiny bit shorter, but only a few millimetres. I know that the rule says "functionality/length" can't be modified, however I feel that this would be such a negligible change and is the best way to repair a damaged pin that many people have been doing for a while. It would be pretty much impossible to notice such a change that wouldn't have any functional influence, it would probably fall within the tolerances of the cable length anyways, and would be equivalent to having the wire just a tiny bit more bent when it's in use.

    Hopefully you'll allow a few millimetres of lenience for this so we can repair the pins on our wires. :)

    Thanks a lot!
    Kevin

    @Kevin Boenisch Hi Karthik,

    According to R15aii we are allowed to repair damaged wires, additionally it has been clarified in the past that replacing a damaged crimped on pin with an identical one is a legal repair.

    My question is if it would be legal to snip just the old pin off, making it possible to then crimp on a new pin? In this process, the wire would inevitably become just a tiny bit shorter, but only a few millimetres. I know that the rule says "functionality/length" can't be modified, however I feel that this would be such a negligible change and is the best way to repair a damaged pin that many people have been doing for a while. It would be pretty much impossible to notice such a change that wouldn't have any functional influence, it would probably fall within the tolerances of the cable length anyways, and would be equivalent to having the wire just a tiny bit more bent when it's in use.

    Hopefully you'll allow a few millimetres of lenience for this so we can repair the pins on our wires. :)

    Yes, this is legal.

  2. Karthik

    4 Aug 2016 Administrator Answer Toronto, ON, Canada

    @Kevin Boenisch Hi Karthik,

    According to R15aii we are allowed to repair damaged wires, additionally it has been clarified in the past that replacing a damaged crimped on pin with an identical one is a legal repair.

    My question is if it would be legal to snip just the old pin off, making it possible to then crimp on a new pin? In this process, the wire would inevitably become just a tiny bit shorter, but only a few millimetres. I know that the rule says "functionality/length" can't be modified, however I feel that this would be such a negligible change and is the best way to repair a damaged pin that many people have been doing for a while. It would be pretty much impossible to notice such a change that wouldn't have any functional influence, it would probably fall within the tolerances of the cable length anyways, and would be equivalent to having the wire just a tiny bit more bent when it's in use.

    Hopefully you'll allow a few millimetres of lenience for this so we can repair the pins on our wires. :)

    Yes, this is legal.

 

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