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#208806 - 02/12/13 10:20 PM Old wire question
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What was the wire called that was two conductor with rubber insulation, no ground and was jacketed with a cotton weave?
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#208808 - 02/13/13 12:36 AM Re: Old wire question [Re: sparkyinak]
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Are you talking about the old Romex or the brown cloth covered lamp cord
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#208809 - 02/13/13 07:52 AM Re: Old wire question [Re: sparkyinak]
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Greg:
Was the brand name 'Loomex' or something close to that for the 'old' "romex"??
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#208810 - 02/13/13 09:55 AM Re: Old wire question [Re: sparkyinak]
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I think Loomex was Canadian Romex. Loom was the slip on insulating sleeves for K&T and I think they built off that name. Romex was from the Rome cable company as a follow on product for BX.
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#208811 - 02/13/13 11:53 AM Re: Old wire question [Re: sparkyinak]
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That beats coming from Mexico and building off the Loo.
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#208812 - 02/13/13 08:38 PM Re: Old wire question [Re: Tesla]
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Greg, "old" romex. Each of the two wires are rubber coated and the outer jacket is weaved string which is cotton I do believe. I do believe but not certain that each rubber coated wire is also wrapped in the cotton? Weaved jacket but not certain
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#208817 - 02/13/13 10:20 PM Re: Old wire question [Re: sparkyinak]
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I am trying to remember the real old Romex. I grew up with the kind that had TW insulation, maybe a ground, maybe not and the shiny silver painted woven jacket. I may still have a piece that I cut out of this 1963 house but it is newer than the oldest I have seen.
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#208819 - 02/13/13 10:24 PM Re: Old wire question [Re: sparkyinak]
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Yes, Greg...that is what I was talking about. Old, silver, really made your bare hands black, & TW or maybe RH conductors. Some had a reduced AWG bare ground, some did not.
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#208820 - 02/13/13 10:57 PM Re: Old wire question [Re: sparkyinak]
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The stuff here uses a 16ga ground on 12 and 18ga on 14. The house I grew up in (built 1953) used the same wire. I think it was all TW wire by then.
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#208821 - 02/14/13 01:37 AM Re: Old wire question [Re: sparkyinak]
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Silver? Or was the conductor tinned?

Silver strikes me as too pricy -- exotic.
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