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Having trouble replacing an oven ignitor

I have a gas oven ignitor that needs replacing. I do not understand what it means to strip a wire and attach to the ceramic nut. It has a connector but the connector on the new ignitor wont easily connect to the one in the oven. What do I do?

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Hi,
All that means is to take the outside insulating coating off of about 1/2" of the wire... that is stripping the wire and making it bare... then you take the two wires that need to be connected and twist them together,,,, then twist the ceramic nut over the wires til it gets tight...this gives you a good connection... make sure that none of the bare wire is out past the back of the nut where it could hit metal and short out..

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