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Old 09-01-2008, 09:10 AM   #16
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The problem with blanket statements such as aluminum wire is no good, illegal, dangerous, a fire hazard, and contributes to global warming, on a forum such as this, is people might believe it.

Then they look in their electric panel and see big old aluminum SE conductors and freak out. They call in a contractor who is only to happy to replace those bad boys with copper and hand the poor sap a nice bill. For nothing.
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The problem with blanket statements such as aluminum wire is no good, illegal, dangerous, a fire hazard, and contributes to global warming, on a forum such as this, is people might believe it.

Then they look in their electric panel and see big old aluminum SE conductors and freak out. They call in a contractor who is only to happy to replace those bad boys with copper and hand the poor sap a nice bill. For nothing.
Hopefully the EC's that will do this are very limited. I have more scruples than those willing to take this kind of a job.
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Hopefully the EC's that will do this are very limited. I have more scruples than those willing to take this kind of a job.
I agree Nap, and I won't do this either, but there are others who will. And I will make a small effort here to dispel the mis-information on aluminum conductors.
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I agree Nap, and I won't do this either, but there are others who will. And I will make a small effort here to dispel the mis-information on aluminum conductors.
Here's An article from a major news paper here in New York, Then you can understand what we are up against here. So the locale jurisdictions did not want to be liable. so they outlawed its use.
http://www.newsday.com/features/home...0,13702.column
here another: http://www.customelectricservice.com/AluminumWire.html
If the op was from the new york area this would be of interest to him, BOB

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Here's An article from a major news paper here in New York, Then you can understand what we are up against here. So the locale jurisdictions did not want to be liable. so they outlawed its use.
http://www.newsday.com/features/home...0,13702.column
here another: http://www.customelectricservice.com/AluminumWire.html
If the op was from the new york area this would be of interest to him, BOB
Good articles. The gist of them is if the installation is done properly and the parts are rated for AL, there is very little, if any problems with aluminum wiring. The most common problem I see on the job with small wire aluminum homes is broken wires right at the terminal. Loose wires come in second.

I see more flickering lights and receptacles due to back stabbing copper wire than I see with aluminum wiring. But that is allowed and is done every day to save a few bucks on labor.

That said, make no mistake, I am not suggesting we go back to using small aluminum conductors. Just trying to calm some of the over the top frenzy I hear.
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