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Service Entrance Conductors Poll #36220
04/01/04 10:27 PM
04/01/04 10:27 PM
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BigB  Offline OP
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Joined: Mar 2004
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Tucson, AZ USA
I have always used copper for my service entrance conductors. Lately I have been thinking about using Al. I wanted to ask what other guys use and why they prefer one or the other.
Thanks, Brian (not a new member, just had to re-register)

[This message has been edited by BigB (edited 04-01-2004).]

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Re: Service Entrance Conductors Poll #36221
04/02/04 12:16 AM
04/02/04 12:16 AM
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DougW  Offline
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North Chicago, IL
Copper in, copper out (as far as we go).

Re: Service Entrance Conductors Poll #36222
04/02/04 09:27 AM
04/02/04 09:27 AM
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Ryan_J  Offline
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West Jordan, Utah, USA
Depends on the size. If I were pulling anything bigger than 350Kcmil, I would use aluminum for ease of installation.


Ryan Jackson,
Salt Lake City
Re: Service Entrance Conductors Poll #36223
04/02/04 10:59 AM
04/02/04 10:59 AM
HotLine1  Offline

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Brick, NJ USA
Bottom line is "what is the spec". EE/PE specs cu, then it's Cu. If spec is al, then that's it.

Our design/build jobs are cu, unless the client has a tight budget.

The above is for large services, anything else is cu.

With the market prices for a lot of metals heading for the roof, cu & al are up also.
(Seen prices for metal studs lately) Conduit & steel poles are heading up also.

We have pulled long runs of 600Cu, 750al, & Ryan's theory of ease with al is on the money, but you do what you have to.

The few resi jobs that we do are pipe & cu for 200 amp service.

John


John
Re: Service Entrance Conductors Poll #36224
04/02/04 05:35 PM
04/02/04 05:35 PM
Tom  Offline
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Posts: 1,044
Shinnston, WV USA
Whatever the customer is willing to pay for. Most single family dwelling services i do with aluminum and almost all commercial/industrial are installed with copper.

For my own service entrance, aluminum.


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Re: Service Entrance Conductors Poll #36225
04/02/04 06:18 PM
04/02/04 06:18 PM
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Merlin  Offline
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Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 171
NW Indiana
I usually use aluminum if it is underground service entrance. Then I use URD cable. If it is overhead then I go with copper where I can. Copper is must easier if limitations allow.

Re: Service Entrance Conductors Poll #36226
04/02/04 06:30 PM
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CTwireman  Offline
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Connecticut, USA
Around here, 99% are aluminum.


Peter
Re: Service Entrance Conductors Poll #36227
04/03/04 12:45 AM
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u2slow  Offline
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Posts: 200
Salt Spring, BC, Canada
Will be using Aluminum for my 200A service. Copper only gets used around here if its spec'ed.

Re: Service Entrance Conductors Poll #36228
04/03/04 01:03 AM
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nesparky  Offline
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Joined: Jun 2001
Posts: 642
omaha,ne
We use copper unless AL is spec'd. Have had to repair too many places that had AL service, feeders, and even branch wiring.


ed
Re: Service Entrance Conductors Poll #36229
04/03/04 07:36 AM
04/03/04 07:36 AM
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Sandro  Offline
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Stoney Creek, ON, Canada
AL for all resi applications. CU for all commercial industrial apps.

How about Transformers? I always use aluminum wound XFMRs. in all applications.

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