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Aluminum too #36514 04/09/04 05:18 AM
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electure Offline OP
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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Re: Aluminum too #36515 04/09/04 07:03 AM
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kyme Offline
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.

Re: Aluminum too #36516 04/09/04 07:48 AM
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CTwireman Offline
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. [Linked Image]


Re: Aluminum too #36517 04/09/04 09:59 AM
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ChrisDeckard Offline
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.

Re: Aluminum too #36518 04/09/04 10:50 AM
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kyme Offline
within the next couple of weeks
1/2" emt will be in the 30.00c range

Re: Aluminum too #36519 04/09/04 04:04 PM
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Trumpy Offline
Ever "rippled" a piece of Al conduit when bending it?. [Linked Image]
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!. [Linked Image]

Re: Aluminum too #36520 04/09/04 05:04 PM
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Tom Offline
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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Re: Aluminum too #36521 04/11/04 08:40 PM
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electure Offline OP
Oh yes, Trumpy,
I've "rippled" (more like kinked) aluminum.
I've also had some turn out good too, even with the Al EMT. [Linked Image]

Re: Aluminum too #36522 04/12/04 02:57 AM
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Trumpy Offline
Sorry Electure, what is EMT made from?.
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!. [Linked Image]

Re: Aluminum too #36523 04/12/04 06:24 AM
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electure Offline OP
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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