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#66485 - 06/05/06 12:32 PM Aluminum wiring
mshaw Offline

Registered: 01/11/06
Posts: 45
Loc: Fairborn, Oh, USA
I have been asked to bid a job to evaluate the condition of the aluminum wiring in two multi tenant apartment buildings. My first gut instinct is to say no due to the liability issues. Is there a proper way to go about this evaluation. One fellow electrician said you have to remove every device and check the connections and torque on eack screw/lug ect.

Ideas? HELP!

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#66486 - 06/05/06 03:17 PM Re: Aluminum wiring
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#66487 - 06/05/06 04:32 PM Re: Aluminum wiring
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Registered: 12/12/04
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Loc: nowhere usa
Bid it at T&M, in phases if they want..

CYA, Mike..

#66488 - 06/05/06 04:44 PM Re: Aluminum wiring
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Registered: 08/08/05
Posts: 264
Loc: Canada
Not only do you have to check each device, but you are going to have to make sure each and every device is compatible with aluminum.

I went through this last year and ended up having to put a copper jumper between each aluminum conductor and the device terminals using wire connectors with a CU/AL rating. My supplier doesn't carry any devices that are rated for AL but was able to get me the CU/AL wire connectors. I did this job at T&M.

"Will it be cheaper if I drill the holes for you?"

#66489 - 06/09/06 07:05 PM Re: Aluminum wiring
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#66490 - 06/10/06 08:22 AM Re: Aluminum wiring
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I saw in a new house being built, they used aluminum wiring for a 50a 240v circuit. Is this still used in the larger size wire? Is it legal? I know it for range cable, feeders etc., a long time after the 70's when they used the aluminum #12 general lighting circuits for homes.
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