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#36514 - 04/09/04 03:18 AM Aluminum too
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With the price of steel up as high as it is, I thought that I had a brainstorm.
We checked into the price of aluminum EMT (available in sizes 2-1/2" to 4"). Guess what?
It's doubled in price also.

Has the price of aluminum wire gone through the roof, too? (we never use it)...S

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#36515 - 04/09/04 05:03 AM Re: Aluminum too
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Registered: 09/25/03
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Loc: Kentucky
I think the aluminum has gone up simply
because the steel has gone through the roof.
I have been in the electrical business since
1992 and i dont think i have ever seen the
prices that we now face.

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#36516 - 04/09/04 05:48 AM Re: Aluminum too
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Loc: Connecticut, USA
Aluminum is still very cheap the last time I checked, at least AL wire.

From eveything I have read in the paper, high prices on gasoline, CU wire and conduit are here to stay. The only thing we can do is get used to it.

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#36517 - 04/09/04 07:59 AM Re: Aluminum too
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Registered: 03/25/04
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Last week my purchase price for 3/4" EMT a ft was about .24 this week it was .526 In cents it doesn't look like much, but it is more than double!
Have to closely watch your bills and charge accordingly.

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#36518 - 04/09/04 08:50 AM Re: Aluminum too
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within the next couple of weeks
1/2" emt will be in the 30.00c range

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#36519 - 04/09/04 02:04 PM Re: Aluminum too
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Electure,
Ever "rippled" a piece of Al conduit when bending it?.
We used this stuff when I first started my time, I hate it.
Oddly enough at the time, I remember thinking that someone in the Industry here must have had an Aluminium fetish, everything was made of it, glad we won't be using that stuff again!.
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#36520 - 04/09/04 03:04 PM Re: Aluminum too
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I used a good bit of Aluminum rigid conduit years ago, I don't remember having any trouble threading it or bending it. Maybe the contractor I was working for had special shoes for the bender.

I was quoted $.30 ft for 1/2" EMT this week, price was good that day only, 12 THHN stranded was quoted at $76/M

Now if I could only double my labor charge...

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#36521 - 04/11/04 06:40 PM Re: Aluminum too
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Oh yes, Trumpy,
I've "rippled" (more like kinked) aluminum.
I've also had some turn out good too, even with the Al EMT.

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#36522 - 04/12/04 12:57 AM Re: Aluminum too
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Sorry Electure, what is EMT made from?.
Steel?.
I've bent Galvanised Steel, Aluminium, and Pyrotenax(pyro)and Copper Refrigeration tubing, both soft and Hard-Drawn, 1/2", 3/8",5/8", 3/4" and 1 inch plus 1 1/2".
I'm just a Boy as far as Refrigeration systems go though!.
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#36523 - 04/12/04 04:24 AM Re: Aluminum too
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Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
Trumpy,
EMT (Electrical Metallic Tubing) is also some times called thinwall conduit.
It is made from steel in 1/2" through 4" trade sizes.
It's also available in aluminum in 2-1/2" through 4" sizes.
The aluminum is much lighter and is easier to install in the larger sizes.
The downside is that there's a lot more surface friction with the aluminum, so pulling wire in takes a lot more lube, power, or both...S

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