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buickanddeere

10-16-2012 20:50:41
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http://www.reliancecontrols.com/ProductDetail.aspx?TWB2012DR

You don't want aluminum direct burial cable.




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MarkB_MI

10-17-2012 13:46:39
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 Re: Power in reply to buickanddeere, 10-16-2012 20:50:41  
B&D, what's your beef with Al for direct burial? I don't know about Canada, but in the US almost all direct burial is done with aluminum. 4/0 copper gets to be a little pricey.



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buickanddeere

10-17-2012 14:51:17
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 Re: Power in reply to MarkB_MI, 10-17-2012 13:46:39  
Aluminum wire just gives more problems with loose arcing terminal points. Aluminum wire seems to suffer more under ground failures failures too.



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Dusty MI

10-17-2012 17:00:18
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 Re: Power in reply to buickanddeere, 10-17-2012 14:51:17  
I've also seen too many problems with AL wire.

If someone were to insist on using AL, I would recommend going 2 or 3 sizes larger rather than the 1 size over that code calls for.

Also PVC conduit is not very expensive. If you ever have a problem you will be glad you put it in conduit. Besides by going over size with the conduit, if tomorrow you wish/need more power, you can replace what you put in with larger wire.

Why go to the work of digging a trench and not leaving a hole, conduit ?

Dusty

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