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Old 10-20-2009, 11:52 AM   #1
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90 degree fixture and aluminum wiring


I know that and both of these issues individually seem to cause some disagreement, so this is probably a bad combo, but I'd like to keep this thread simple if possible.

I want to replace the light fixtures in my 40 yr old house. Of course everything at the box store says 90 degree, so I was going to pigtail all of the fixtures in a new Jbox as I've seen suggested on here. Took down one of the fixtures and it looks like some of my overhead circuits are AL instead of copper.

Using an approved connector , am I still ok to pigtail the cu to the al in a different JBOX that will only be attic accessible, and run the pigtail into the fixture's box? I've seen mention of alumiconns and ideals in a switch or receptacle, so wasn't sure if that type of connection had to be easily/directly accessible at the point of the connection.

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Old 10-20-2009, 01:14 PM   #2
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Needs to be accessible in box with blank cover here are some links to read http://www.kinginnovation.com/produc...cts/alumiconn/ and http://www.inspect-ny.com/aluminum/aluminum.htm

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Needs to be accessible in box with blank cover here are some links to read http://www.kinginnovation.com/produc...cts/alumiconn/ and http://www.inspect-ny.com/aluminum/aluminum.htm
The first link shows what I would call a great solution to your problem. Since the AL and CU conductors do not touch each other, there can be no galvanic reaction. They also look to be the perfect size for use in the j-box.
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Needs to be accessible in box with blank cover here are some links to read http://www.kinginnovation.com/produc...cts/alumiconn/ and http://www.inspect-ny.com/aluminum/aluminum.htm
Thanks for the advice. I've been reading the inspect-ny site since I first figured out that I've got AL wiring, and figured that Alumiconn would be the way for me to go.

Question about the definition of accessible... if I've got the jbox in an attic that's accessible via a scuttle hole is it considered accessible enough or do I need to make a hole in the ceiling and cover with a blank plate?

I think that I'd read that the attic method would be "ok" for a "regular" 90 degree copper pigtail, but wasn't sure for this instance.

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Question about the definition of accessible... if I've got the jbox in an attic that's accessible via a scuttle hole is it considered accessible enough or do I need to make a hole in the ceiling and cover with a blank plate?

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Yes in the attic is ok
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