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Old 01-31-2012, 02:11 PM   #1
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Aluminum Wiring


My sister's house has all aluminum wiring. She noticed a wall outlet in the kitchen was hot and sure enough the wires at the outlet were overheated and melted the insulation. Now she is worried about all the other outlets etc. We checked all of the other outlets and light switches and snugged up the screws and all looked to be ok. I am considering replacing all of the devices with new ones. I would prefer to use only the type with clamping type terminals and of course approved for aluminum.
I guess another option would be to install copper pigtails with alumicons at each device. I don't see the advantage of doing the copper pigtails because you're just adding that more many connections and adding greatly to the complexity and fill of each box. Short of re-wiring the whole place with copper, the option I like best is to either replace all the devices or just leave it all alone. My sister has lost confidence because of the burned wiring at the kitchen outlet. Any advice from the experts would be greatly appreciated. Thanks


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Old 01-31-2012, 03:58 PM   #2
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use aluminium devices and clean aluminum wire and put some noalox paste so it wont oxidize again


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Old 01-31-2012, 05:00 PM   #3
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I would do the copper to aluminum pigtail with the proper marette. I know in Canada aluminum rate devices are expensives($4 or $5 a plug last time I checked)
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I'd go with carmusic's advice.
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Old 02-17-2012, 05:24 AM   #5
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For aluminum wiring, of you are not going to pigtail the wires to copper, you must use COLAR recepticals as these are rated for aluminum or copper. These do not have the little holes in the back of the recepticle so you will need to use the screws to attach the wires
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Old 02-17-2012, 12:02 PM   #6
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I would use these for the pig tailing. You don't have to use AL/CU receptacles.
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