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octapuss 08-30-2012 12:01 PM

I need some Aluminum Wiring help.
HI All

I have Aluminum wiring in my home. It was build in 1971. I want to install some dimmers and GFI outlets. What do you recommend: 1. buying aluminum rated outlets and dimmers. or 2. Buying a the dimmer and using aluminum to copper murrets with the paste inside of them?

I have been searching the internet for some videos or guides on this procedure. Have you done it before? Any tips or tricks you can share? I am going to try to do this myself.

thanks for the help.


gregzoll 08-30-2012 12:07 PM

What part of Canada are you in? Just for others, this post ties into

octapuss 08-30-2012 12:15 PM

I am in toronto.

Jim Port 08-30-2012 04:28 PM

I have never seen a dimmer or GFI listed for use with AL in the US.

stickboy1375 08-30-2012 05:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Jim Port (Post 999981)
I have never seen a dimmer or GFI listed for use with AL in the US.

me neither...

octapuss 08-30-2012 09:28 PM

if there is not dimmers or gfi's then i should use the pigtail method? Use the paste and murrets?

anyone with a good idea on how to tackle this?

stickboy1375 08-30-2012 09:30 PM

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I would use this product from King Innovations AlumiConn Lug Connector-95125

octapuss 08-31-2012 03:06 PM

I am a bit of a noob at this. Is that some sort of murret? Could you give me a bit of an explanation?

thanks for helping!


Jim Port 08-31-2012 03:50 PM

That performs the same function as your Marrettes, but is more like a terminal strip.

Aluminum may not be the best place for you to get your feet wet. The older AL was brittle and breaks easily.

octapuss 09-02-2012 04:22 PM

A termina, which makes sense. Ill look around if there are some at the local hardware stores. I am going to go slow and see if i can learn to do this. I might also buy some aluminum rate dimers.

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