I originally posted this at the Barr Report, in response to a question.
I know that some of us have bought the eBay Parker solenoid, and that it comes with just bare spade terminals. Therefore, one has to wire up their own power lead. It's a simple process.
First, here's the solenoid
And here's the spade terminals, ready to accept a power lead
For this, i chose an 8 foot, 16 gauge, ungrounded power lead. You may choose longer, or shorter, for your purposes. This can be found at most hardware stores. I got mine at Lowe's for ~$4
Here's a shot of the ends of this power lead. Strip the black and white ends, to reveal about a half inch of copper.
These are the insulated 16 gauge spade connectors i chose. The insulated variety keeps the bare metal from showing. I picked up a pack of dozen or so for ~$2.
...to be continued in post 2.