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10-17-2012 13:46:39

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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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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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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 ?


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