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Old 08-18-2006, 09:09 PM   #1
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Aluminum to Copper


The condo that I currently own is all aluminum wiring. I am interested in having it all changed to copper wiring. The condo is about 1200sqft, small side of a 2bedroom townhouse.

What kind of price should I expect?

How big is this job?

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Old 08-18-2006, 09:24 PM   #2
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$2000-$10000 USD.

There a LOT of info you omitted.
Attic? Basement? Crawl space? Ceiling height?
Sometimes I feel like if I answer any more questions it is like someone trying to climb over a fence to jump off a bridge and me giving them a boost.
Answers based on the 2008 & 2011 NEC. If you're on the '14 already I feel sorry for you.
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Old 08-18-2006, 09:37 PM   #3
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I have two questions for you on that matter:

1) Are you sure that all the wiring in your condo is aluminium?
- often, folks see the big aluminium feeder in their panel (which is normal, still today) and mistakenly think they have all aluminium wiring.
- older wiring was done with tin plated copper, which looks like aluminium at first blush.
2) What compels you to want it all replaced?
-that is the knee jerk reaction, but aluminium wired homes can be maintained in a safe condition. Take out a service contract with your electrician for annual PM. It will be much, much cheaper than rewiring the condo.
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Old 08-18-2006, 09:57 PM   #4
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Excellent info guys. I kind of had that sort of figure in my head.

I'm looking into a service contract Monday morning.

Thanks again.
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Old 08-21-2006, 07:54 AM   #5
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A good reason for changing might be that a lot of people strongly beleive insurance companies are going to crack down majorly on aluminum wired homes. Premptively changing may avoid a nice jack in price of changing later on.
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