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Does changing an element require a crimping tool?

A. No. Paragon elements use barrel connectors. You will need only a 1/4” nut driver and locking pliers to install the element connectors. (Locking pliers come in different brands. Vise-Grip is the best known.) Hold the barrel connector with the Vise-Grip pliers, and tighten the small bolt with the 1/4” nut driver.

Paragon element connectors should be tightened to 30 - 36 inch pounds. This is about 1 1/4 turns past the point of firm resistance. Suppose the head of the screw or bolt on the element connector twists off. That's okay, as long as the threads in the connector are still holding.

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