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#14540 - 09/23/02 07:43 PM GEC
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I have always used solid copper for the GEC (residential). In this months Fine Homebuilding there is an article on services by Cliff Popejoy with photos showing a stranded copper GEC. I was curious what other guys prefer and why.
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#14541 - 09/23/02 08:09 PM Re: GEC
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My supplier only has solid, soft drawn bare #4 & #6...

In Wisconsin we used stranded (braided)... Much easier to work with!

I'd use stranded if I could get it without special order...



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#14542 - 09/24/02 03:39 AM Re: GEC
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I always use stranded, insulated #6 & #4.
It is easier to handle, and I think it looks neater.

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#14543 - 09/24/02 03:46 AM Re: GEC
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Is THWN considered Sunlight Resistant?

Or do you install in a raceway?

Just wondering...

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#14544 - 09/24/02 04:06 AM Re: GEC
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#4 stranded, for 100A & 200A services because 250.64(B) differs in 'physical damage' vs. 'severe physical damage' , it matters.....

Virgil, use bare......no sunlight issue i know of....
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#14545 - 09/24/02 09:21 AM Re: GEC
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I posted before my first cup o' joe on the last Q...

I gotta stop doing that!

In my own experience... The 3/0 Cu THWN I used as SE conductors in the last service I did ( Mission Impossible thread ...) was indeed labelled as sunlight resistant on the outer sleeve.

Answered my own Q! All I had to do was wake up and think about it!

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#14546 - 09/24/02 05:46 PM Re: GEC
harold endean Offline
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There is no issue of bare or stranded wire or sunlight resident. Just make sure that it is not subject to physical damage.
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