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#39136 - 06/10/04 02:53 PM Alum. wire  
SJT  Offline
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I'll be buying a new house soon, and would you believe that it's wired in Aluminum? The present owner told me, Oh, I had it pigtailed. I told him, that the Al. is history. The first thing after I open the front door and become a new happy homeowner will be to start to re wire with copper. Should be intresting, but fun, working on my own place.

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#39137 - 06/10/04 11:06 PM Re: Alum. wire  
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A new house with aluminum branch circuits?? I've come across a few newer homes where some of the larger stuff (range, sub-panels, etc.) will be wired with aluminum.. But I've yet to see a house newer than the early 80's with aluminum for branch circuit wiring! [Linked Image]


#39138 - 06/11/04 02:53 PM Re: Alum. wire  
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What I meant was I'll be moving from one house to another. I'm sorry if you thought I meant Brand new. This new house was built in 1974.

#39139 - 06/11/04 09:36 PM Re: Alum. wire  
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Seems like 30-year old aluminum branch-circuit wiring could be a major bargaining chip in price negotiation.

It's also probably the extra-funky "old" 1350-alloy wiring.

It may pay to be triple-extra-cautious about any circuit loading until you knew exactly what to expect in the house.

#39140 - 06/14/04 04:17 PM Re: Alum. wire  
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Los Angeles, CA
I'll second that last item. Pigtails or no, you can bet on some loose connections in the branch circuit wiring.


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#39141 - 06/14/04 06:03 PM Re: Alum. wire  
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See the needed reinstallation that way - you can always trust the stuff most that you installed yourself.

#39142 - 06/14/04 07:00 PM Re: Alum. wire  
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North Chicago, IL
I hope it's all conduit...

Please tell me it's conduit...

#39143 - 06/15/04 03:02 PM Re: Alum. wire  
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It should be a lot of fun, to re-wire my own place. I have a son who is a young teenager, and I want to introduce him to the trade. I hope he takes to it, and if not he'll have a good trade to fall back on. It will be a good renovation to start on.

#39144 - 06/16/04 01:29 AM Re: Alum. wire  
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Oradell NJ USA
I've heard that there exists a special crimp-on pigtail designed for aluminium wire. Requires a special tool and training. Heard that it works well. Also there's special wirenuts, but have heard that they do not work well at all. describes it better than I can.

#39145 - 06/16/04 02:56 PM Re: Alum. wire  
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If the alum. wiring was to stay in the walls, like that of a customer, I would use the devices that are designed for Alum. wiring. Switches, and outlets. If I had to extend any conductors for splicing purposes, I would use the approved wirenut with the penetrox inside.

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