Quoted from cottonm4:
OK. I see. Nothing permanent until all the kinks are worked out. That's good thinking.
I applaud your efforts. Having to splice wires that were not cut in a staggered sequence is a pain and will look like a snake swallowed a rabbit.
Might as well get one of those massive couplers someone had on a game a while ago. Wish I could remember what it was called!