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Old 12-04-2008, 10:15 AM   #1
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Does brand of wire matter?


I've been shopping around for electrical supplies and have noticed a price difference between brand name Romex 12/2 NM vs. other manufacturers. Are certain brands better quality than others, easier to fish through walls, etc. or is wire, wire regardless of who makes it?

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Old 12-04-2008, 10:56 AM   #2
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From my experience, it doesn't matter.

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Old 12-04-2008, 12:52 PM   #3
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The brand names are trading on their reputation or
the cheaper ones are cutting corners (probably in the durability of the insulation).
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Old 12-04-2008, 03:09 PM   #4
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Wire prices have been changing every week due to the cost of copper. Different brands really don't matter, Romex in many home centers near me claim to use the new simpull coating on their sheath making it easier to pull (and might change the price slightly) but otherwise all brand manufacturers should be up to standards of quality.
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Wire prices have been changing every week due to the cost of copper. Different brands really don't matter, Romex in many home centers near me claim to use the new simpull coating on their sheath making it easier to pull (and might change the price slightly) but otherwise all brand manufacturers should be up to standards of quality.

I felt those simpull stuff...its slick when you rub your hands across it...but when you pull it doesn't matter.
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I guess they (the cheap ones and the expensive ones) could adulterate the copper.
Who's to know?
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Old 12-04-2008, 03:29 PM   #7
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I guess they (the cheap ones and the expensive ones) could adulterate the copper.
Who's to know?
Anyone with a TDR or accurate ohm meter would figure it out. They might get away with it for a little while, but not for too long.

The other thing is that even a little bit of other stuff alloyed into the copper would make it a lot less flexible. More than a few percent would be pretty easy to detect.
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All cables must be UL certified. Buy the brand that cost's the least. They are all basically the same.
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