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Old 03-26-2009, 02:23 PM   #1
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I work on a 20 acre organic orange grove in San Diego county. My boss is installing some outbuildings and needs 200 amp service at a distance of 350 feet from his 3 phase power, about 1200 ft total. He needs to get a hold of the 3/0 AWG copper at the best price he can. In this day and age with the FDA regualations and local hoops one has to jump through to stay profitable as an organic farm requires one to watch every penny. What sort of resources can you all offer as to the very best price for this wire. I'm looking for wholesalers, salvage, contractors willing to make the purchase for us, etc. I hope to get some great input from you all. I greatly appreciate the info. I hope I'll be able to contribute in the future. I don't have near the experience as I'm sure so many here do. Still I do have some expertise in some fields. Anyone want a do it yourself surfboard question answered I'll be right on it.

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Old 03-26-2009, 02:40 PM   #2
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Any reason why you have to use copper?

Also, do you know what the actual load will be?


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Old 03-26-2009, 03:03 PM   #3
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Based on a load around 125-150 amps you could save up to .70/ft using AL. So that would give you about $1,000 right there.
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My boss just wants to use copper thinking it will be easier to pull through the conduit. Especially since with aluminum he heard that you have to use a heavier gauge.
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WHY is your boss buying this wire??? Doesn't his electrical contractor supply the necessary wire?
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WHY is your boss buying this wire??? Doesn't his electrical contractor supply the necessary wire?
He's just looking for the best price and doesn't have an electrical contractor in mind yet. New York, huh. I imagine your references on the wire would be fairly limited to New York most likely. By any chance do you have any good referrals to someone here in California. Thanks for the time. We really appreciate it.

.70 cents per foot savings for aluminum over copper is considerable. I'll talk to him again about this option.
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Like I said, the contractor he picks will supply the wire. It would be rare that a real electrician would have your boss buy the material, especially wire.

Why not wait until he has someone in mind and ask them?
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Does anybody on this 20 acre orange grove have electrical experience?? Cause it sounds to me like this is an owner project with no electrical contractor being considered. But I still don't understand what your doing...you want 200 amp single phase or 3 phase service? You want 200 amps 1200 feet from the transformer? How did you come up with the 3/0 copper? What are your design plans...how many panels, overhead wiring, underground ?? What are your loads for each building?

As for wire prices best stay local, shipping will kill you out of state for that kind of weight.

As for contractors buying the wire for you .......your kidding right?

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