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#141401 - 08/01/04 08:42 AM Explaining wire sizes
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Registered: 09/17/02
Posts: 1508
Loc: Stockholm, Sweden
Hi!

I condensed the information on wire sizes from some threads in this forum into a webpage, hopefully in an easy to digest form.

Suggestions for improvements are welcome. You can't proofread what you've written yourself...
http://www.global-electron.com/wiresizes.htm

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#141402 - 08/01/04 04:26 PM Re: Explaining wire sizes
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Registered: 07/06/04
Posts: 199
Loc: UK
Interesting that C-H... Isn't it amazing how it varies from place to place...well it's obvious I suppose, like language, but it's something I've never really thought of!

Cool work!!
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#141403 - 08/02/04 09:28 AM Re: Explaining wire sizes
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Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
It's actually quite amazing just how many different standards did evolve for various things in the past.

Look at nuts and bolts: Unified fine and coarse, Whitworth, SAE, British Association, metric.....

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#141404 - 08/05/04 01:28 PM Re: Explaining wire sizes
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Registered: 05/26/04
Posts: 7
Loc: Minnetonka, MN, USA
Looking at your list on your web page. I thought you might like to compare it to our list.
AWGorKcmil MetricSize
14 2.5
12 4
10 6
8 10
6 16
4 25
3 35
2 35
1 50
1/0 70
2/0 70
3/0 95
4/0 120
250 150
300 150
350 185
400 240
500 300
600 400
700 400
750 400
800 400
900 400
1000 500
1250 800
1500 800
1750 800
2000 1000

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#141405 - 09/04/04 07:46 AM Re: Explaining wire sizes
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Loc: Stockholm, Sweden
Wenborg, sorry about my very late answer.

If you look at your list, you'll notice that you have several options if going from mm2 to kcmil. E.g. 35 mm2 can be either #2 or #3. Whilst such a list can be a help in choosing sizes when going from one set of units to the other, I have chosen to quote the exact values for the AWG sizes straight out of the US NEC.

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