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Gold Wire #61078
01/16/06 06:30 PM
01/16/06 06:30 PM
bot540  Offline OP
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 174
Vernon Hills, IL
If copper prices keep going up like they are, I'm going to switch to gold wire and save money. A 500' roll of 12 stranded was $64 dollars at the supply house yesterday. I know you can get it a little cheaper at the Depot($42) but even thats high. The supply house said its not going to stop their either.

Jesus may have been a capenter,but God was an electrician.Genesis1:3
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Re: Gold Wire #61079
01/16/06 07:12 PM
01/16/06 07:12 PM
Alan Belson  Offline
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 1,803
Mayenne N. France
Hey! Aluminum is a good conductor!


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Re: Gold Wire #61080
01/16/06 07:16 PM
01/16/06 07:16 PM
Rewired  Offline
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 558
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Anybody have a tub of No-Alox and a keg of them little $$$ purple wire nuts??
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Re: Gold Wire #61081
01/16/06 08:02 PM
01/16/06 08:02 PM
Ryan_J  Offline
Joined: Aug 2003
Posts: 1,374
West Jordan, Utah, USA
Silver is a better conductor than gold, and it is less expensive. [Linked Image]

Ryan Jackson,
Salt Lake City
Re: Gold Wire #61082
01/16/06 10:33 PM
01/16/06 10:33 PM
SolarPowered  Offline
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 625
Palo Alto, CA, USA
I seem to remember something about Leslie Groves picking up some silver for his wiring needs, back in WW II when copper was in short supply.

Re: Gold Wire #61083
01/16/06 11:20 PM
01/16/06 11:20 PM
gfretwell  Offline

Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 9,186
Spools were $26 at the Ft Myers Home Depot Saturday. Maybe they are putting less wire on the spool here. It looked like 500 ft but I didn't pick it up to see the label.

Greg Fretwell
Re: Gold Wire #61084
01/17/06 12:08 AM
01/17/06 12:08 AM
bot540  Offline OP
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 174
Vernon Hills, IL
Apperantly copper has a lower resistance than gold.
Metal Resistivity,

gold, 99.9 pure, 0 degrees C 2.22
silver, 99.98 pure, 18 degrees C 1.63
silver, electrolytic, 0 degrees C 1.47
copper, annealed, 20 degrees C 1.72
platinum, wire, 0 degrees C 11.0

Hmmm, I wonder how much it would cost to ship wire from Flordia to Chicago.

Jesus may have been a capenter,but God was an electrician.Genesis1:3
Re: Gold Wire #61085
01/17/06 10:44 PM
01/17/06 10:44 PM
Jps1006  Offline
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 615
Northern IL

I was looking for that link through the search function, but could only get posts from a year ago. I thought it was resqcapt19 that posted the link and I thought it was in the order of 15,000 tons from the US treasury. Every time I get another fact from that project it fascinates me. I wonder if any other feat could compare in terms of how many people united for a common goal (willingly, not slave labor) the resources dedicated and the final product. A History Channel fact that blew me away was that during the enrichment process 1/4 of all the nation's electricty produced was consumed producing nuclear fuel.

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