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#39465 - 06/21/04 02:45 AM Aluminum to copper wire - pigtailing  
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I will be adding copper pigtails to a home with aluminum wiring. Are the (copper to aluminum) purple wire nuts a good way to go? There are other types too. Can or should I pigtail the wires for the beakers too?


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#39466 - 06/21/04 09:02 AM Re: Aluminum to copper wire - pigtailing  
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What ever way you do it must be listed, so avoid the temptation of squirting anti-oxidant compound into a normal wirenut. I am under the understanding that purple wire nuts are about the only listed way to do this, but I might be wrong.


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#39467 - 06/21/04 11:26 AM Re: Aluminum to copper wire - pigtailing  
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There are some other special crimp-on type connectors but I will probably go with the purple wire nuts.


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#39468 - 06/21/04 12:01 PM Re: Aluminum to copper wire - pigtailing  
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Al,

The crimp-on connectors are the preferred way to go, but my understanding is that you have to be trained by the manufacturer to even purchase them.

Bill


#39469 - 06/21/04 03:44 PM Re: Aluminum to copper wire - pigtailing  
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Al,

Have you explored the liability issues that go along with this? Might be worth looking into.

Radar


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#39470 - 06/21/04 03:58 PM Re: Aluminum to copper wire - pigtailing  
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I think if you do a search on this site you'll find a lot of discussion about the AL wire nuts and the special crimpers. You might also find a link to some other web sights dedicated to this subject. I don't remember much good said about the blue Ideal nuts.

I think one issue with the crimper is the wires long enough to use the tool. Or do you have a bunch of short wires in a small box.

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