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Old 08-22-2006, 10:53 AM   #15
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Most service entrance cable and other major distribution wiring is aluminum and most areas permit that use. They just don't allow alumuminum in the in-wall wiring to th eoutlets and such, wgere the numerous connections are a concern, as well as the fact that home owners may be tinkering with the stuff and not follow proper procedures for aluminum.
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The problem with aluminum is that it flows over time in many connectors, causing weaker connections and therefore heat build-up and possibly fire. Connection devices MUST be rated to be used with aluminum, many engraved with CU-AL for copper or aluminum. I personally would not use aluminum for any wiring. Aluminum is also not as good a conductor as copper and therefore requires a larges gauge wire than copper to carry the same current.
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