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Old 03-10-2009, 09:37 PM   #1
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How to connect #6 aluminum cable to a 40 amp mechanical timer?
Please I need exact direction.
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:41 PM   #2
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#6 aluminum cable


huh? wanna be more specific?
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Old 03-10-2009, 09:54 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 03-10-2009, 10:08 PM   #4
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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. ?
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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
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Old 03-10-2009, 10:48 PM   #6
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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?
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Old 03-11-2009, 12:07 AM   #7
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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.


or this if it will somehow bolt to the timer lug.


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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.

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OK...forget all that nonsense.

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.
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OK...forget all that nonsense.

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.
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OK...forget all that nonsense.

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) Some of those runs were so long, it would cost as much as the equipment.
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OK...forget all that nonsense.

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
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I have one of those disconnects laying around, penticton, do you want me to post pics of it?
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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.
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awesome, thank you , thats it , I will let you know if I blow another timer. ugh.
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