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Old 01-28-2009, 05:33 PM   #16
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I have a house with aluminum wiring should I pigtail every outlet


Why does the type of metal used in the wire make such a difference as to how things are done?

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Old 01-28-2009, 05:35 PM   #17
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Not to steal the post. I have Federal Pioneer Stablok and AL approx 32 years old. Is there an issue with this combo. "Is your panel Federal Pacific Stab-lok by any chance?"
I have changed all connectors to AL rtaed and used paste.
No, the Federal Pioneer panels, while related, never had the problems the Federal Pacific had. And... and... to others reading, it was only the later models of Federal Pacific that had the problems.
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Why does the type of metal used in the wire make such a difference as to how things are done?
Because aluminum likes to oxidize when exposed to air, especially when in contact with another type of metal, like copper. This oxidation is not a good conductor and a bad connection forms. Bad connection = heat. Heat = fire.

Also, aluminum is pretty brittle is such small sizes, so if not handled and stripped properly, you can end up with a broken or nicked wire.
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Gigs,
Not to steal the post. I have Federal Pioneer Stablok and AL approx 32 years old. Is there an issue with this combo. "Is your panel Federal Pacific Stab-lok by any chance?"
I have changed all connectors to AL rtaed and used paste.
Federal Pacific Stab-lok is often recommended to be replaced entirely, whether copper or Al because the breakers often fail to trip causing a latent fire hazard.

Like InPhase said you are probably ok since it's just federal pacific with the issue.
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Good, to know. Either way I try to keep up on this info. Mine's been fully inspected as well.

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