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penticton 03-10-2009 09:37 PM

#6 aluminum cable
 
How to connect #6 aluminum cable to a 40 amp mechanical timer?
Please I need exact direction.

NolaTigaBait 03-10-2009 09:41 PM

huh? wanna be more specific?

220/221 03-10-2009 09:54 PM

Strip AL wire with a knife with a pecil sharpening manuver. Do NOT damage/nick the wire.


Insert wire into lugs. Make sure they are rated for AL wiring.

Tighten lugs. Tight!


Any three steps may have vaiables. Specific instruction requires specific questions.

penticton 03-10-2009 10:08 PM

I have #6 aluminum cable coming from the main panel, 200 amp panel ( 50 amp breaker ) I would like to connect it to a 40 amp mechanical timer. The timer specifically says , not to hook aluminum cable to it. Appearently only copper. Is there something else I should use in between the cable and the timer. ?

NolaTigaBait 03-10-2009 10:16 PM

well, you could use no=lox, but, i would think it is a violation if the lugs are listed for copper only....so rewire using copper or, use the nolox and forget about it

penticton 03-10-2009 10:48 PM

what is no-lox? Changing the wire to copper is not an option.
Is there a special box that I could wire the aluminum into and then take copper from there to the timer?

220/221 03-11-2009 12:07 AM

No lox won't help. Terminals must be the proper alloy to accept AL wire.



Search "lugs" by "Ilsco" mfg.

http://ebusiness.ilsco.com/webapp/wc...1&categoryId=2

Find one that will accept the AL wire (most will) and will also fit in the timer terminal.

Describe the timer terminal.

A couple of options.

Use this and change to copper.
http://ebusiness.ilsco.com/webapp/wc...images/SPA.gif

or this if it will somehow bolt to the timer lug.
http://ebusiness.ilsco.com/webapp/wc...dimages/TA.gif

Quote:

Is there a special box that I could wire the aluminum into and then take copper from there to the timer?
Sure. There are many types/sizes of junction boxes. The connection is the important part.

220/221 03-11-2009 12:22 AM

OK...forget all that nonsense. :jester:

Get a "60 amp, non fused pullout disconnect" for about 15 bucks. It's a junction box and AL to copper connector all in one 5"x8" box.


Run the AL cable into the disco and run the copper out of the disco to the timer.

220/221 03-11-2009 12:23 AM

OK...forget all that nonsense. :jester:

Get a "60 amp, non fused pullout disconnect" for about 15 bucks. It's a junction box and AL to copper connector all in one 5"x8" box.


Run the AL cable into the disco and run the copper out of the disco to the timer.

wirenut1110 03-11-2009 05:56 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 220/221 (Post 242994)
OK...forget all that nonsense. :jester:

Get a "60 amp, non fused pullout disconnect" for about 15 bucks. It's a junction box and AL to copper connector all in one 5"x8" box.


Run the AL cable into the disco and run the copper out of the disco to the timer.

When copper was so high, I used to do that quite often for air handlers that required copper only.(ok, I still do it:laughing:) Some of those runs were so long, it would cost as much as the equipment.

NolaTigaBait 03-11-2009 08:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 220/221 (Post 242993)
OK...forget all that nonsense. :jester:

Get a "60 amp, non fused pullout disconnect" for about 15 bucks. It's a junction box and AL to copper connector all in one 5"x8" box.


Run the AL cable into the disco and run the copper out of the disco to the timer.

that's a good idea 220, didn't even think of that

rgsgww 03-11-2009 08:19 AM

I have one of those disconnects laying around, penticton, do you want me to post pics of it?

penticton 03-11-2009 10:13 AM

The timer is: mechanical time switch 208-277 V AC 60 Hz double pole/single throw 40 amp that requires copper only wire (cable)
I would love to see the photo of the 60 amp non fused pullout disconnect. That sounds like what I need.

rgsgww 03-11-2009 11:09 AM

Alright, here it is...

http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...gww/dis001.jpg

http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...gww/dis002.jpg

http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...gww/dis003.jpg

http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...gww/dis004.jpg

http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...gww/dis005.jpg

http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/q...gww/dis006.jpg

penticton 03-11-2009 11:16 AM

awesome, thank you , thats it , I will let you know if I blow another timer. ugh.


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