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Old 05-09-2013, 08:24 AM   #1
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Almost new ,10 ga 4 wire side by side with heavy plastic? yellow insulation. I have 350 ft of this in a roll and would like to use it for other projects. What say ye?.

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What exactly does the cable say on it?

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I am not near the wire so I can't say. It's a shame not to be able to use it for wiring projects.
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What exactly does the cable say on it?
Good question.

The rating of the cable will determine how it can be used.
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I am not near the wire so I can't say. It's a shame not to be able to use it for wiring projects.
Make a project out of stripping the insulation off and taking it to the scrap yard for cash.
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Good question.

The rating of the cable will determine how it can be used.
The color of the cable could also be an issue !
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The color of the cable could also be an issue !
Why is that?
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The color of the cable could also be an issue !
NM cable is typically white for 14ga, yellow for 12ga, and orange for 10ga, but I don't believe specific jacket colors are required under code.

The colors of the individual wires inside the cable definitely need to have the code-required colors, but there's plenty of 12ga NM out there that has a black or white jacket.
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NM cable is typically white for 14ga, yellow for 12ga, and orange for 10ga, but I don't believe specific jacket colors are required under code.

The colors of the individual wires inside the cable definitely need to have the code-required colors, but there's plenty of 12ga NM out there that has a black or white jacket.
It's common to find older #12 NM with a white outer jacket.

There are no code required colors for ungrounded (hot) conductors, except for the high leg delta conductor, which is required to be orange. The trade practice around here is 120V colors are black, red, blue, and 277V colors are brown, orange, yellow. I have heard of purple also used as a 277V color.
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As it is designed for outside usage I doubt that it has a flame retardant sheath that would be required to allow its use inside.
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What does almost new mean ? If it has never been off the roll and just sitting in storage, you can probably sell it to a well pump company. If it has been down a well casing, I wouldn't use it.

For those that don't know what it is, a photo.
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Hm, that's not a cable. I see no jacket. If the conductors are individually marked with gauge, voltage, and a rating like "THWN" you could probably use it for hot conductors inside conduit, but without proper markings I think we're back to Amilsmithly's idea...
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Hm, that's not a cable. I see no jacket.
Why do you think having a jacket is a requirement to be a cable ?
Ever hear of ribbon cable ? Or flat cable (type fc) ?
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Why do you think having a jacket is a requirement to be a cable ?
Ever hear of ribbon cable ? Or flat cable (type fc) ?
Touché.

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