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Old 11-07-2011, 09:53 PM   #1
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#12 wire, stranded or solid?


#12 wire, stranded or solid? Whats the reason to use one over the other?
I need to run some wiring in my shop and would like to know what you the difference is.

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#12 wire, stranded or solid?


Nothing, I find #12 solid easier to work with once you start putting it on plugs and switches.

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Solid will be slightly smaller in diameter. Stranded is slightly larger but more flexible. I agree that solid is easier to work with for most tasks.
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Thats what i was looking for,
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#12 wire, stranded or solid?


Stranded wire works better if you have sharp bends or if subject to flexing.
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Stranded wire works better if you have sharp bends or if subject to flexing.
I would tend to think that solid is not allowed if flexing is a possibility.
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Use stranded for cables which move. Notice that appliance cords use stranded wires.

If you take a [solid wire] coat hanger and bend it back and forth many times, it will break.

Then much easier to secure a solid wire around a screw like the screw on the side of an outlet or switch.
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Use stranded for cables which move. Notice that appliance cords use stranded wires.

If you take a [solid wire] coat hanger and bend it back and forth many times, it will break.

Then much easier to secure a solid wire around a screw like the screw on the side of an outlet or switch.
There ya go.....

Performance wise....both are about the same....but the mechanical aspects are what dictates what you use.

Try to attach a stranded wire to the screw of a typical outlet....better yet, don't try.....not safe unless you use a crimp on connector.

Both types will wire nut up just fine....If my run is using stranded....then when I get to a recpt box, I will make a pig tail using solid wire to connect to the recept.

And if you ever try to pull solid through conduit.....then you will understand real fast why most people do not pull solid through conduit.

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