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Old 10-06-2012, 11:47 AM   #1
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Hi all,

Recently, I just found out that I have aluminum wire in my 1969 mobile home. From reading online there is a product called alumiconn that meets cspc. I am planning on going this route instead of upgrading copper (way out of my budget).

http://www.electricsuppliesonline.co...connector.html

I ordered it online and should arrive today. I went to home depot and bought all new receptacle (sp) and Southwire Type NM-B 12/2 copper wire as pigtails. I have two 15 amp breakers and two 20 amp breakers. Is 12/2 gauge wire good enough to use as pigtails for both 15 and 20 amp

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Old 10-06-2012, 12:09 PM   #2
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Number 12 copper is good for use on either the 15 or 20 amp circuits.

The Alumi-conn calls for a torque screwdriver, but there is an alternate method.

Do not flex the old AL too much. It will break.

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Thanks Jim,

I bought myself a torque screwdriver and will use the reccomended torque provided by alumiconn.
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a word of caution,those are not small.you need 3 of them in each box.some of those boxes won't have enough room for connectors and outlets or switches.
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Hi, Andy. Alumiconns are a very expensive answer to your problem, even if you could get them to fit in your boxes. You can buy receptacles that are listed for aluminum. You may even find ones that you don't wrap the wire around a screw. The straight stripped piece goes in a hole and the screw compresses it between plates. A little Noalox grease and a wire brush and your golden.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:47 PM   #6
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Thanks guy for sharing the information. You guys are right, I am unable to fit all three alumiconns in that box. So what i did was the ground wire, I used wire nut and put ton of noalox (sp) in the wire nut. Is this ok? It seems a pretty tight fit with two alumicon. I can barely screw in the receptacle.

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The wire nut has to be listed for aluminum. Only one is. It's big and blue. The insulation will fail at crush points. That's why there are box fill requirements.

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