05:55PM | 06/08/04
Member Since: 05/12/04
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I am going to run a sub panel to my detached garage undergrond in plastic conduit. It will be a 50 amp subpanel, I was told I could use alum wire (6 ga) seems ok since the feed coming into the house is also alum. I thought it was unsafe to run alum cable? Or was that just back in the day. It sure is cheaper than copper.

thanks, mark


11:28PM | 06/08/04
Member Since: 02/21/04
138 lifetime posts
You can use Aluminum. It is usually used for services and feeders, but not on branch circuits. Dont nick the wire when you skin it, Use a wire brush to shine it a bit. use penetrox to prevent oxidation. Wiggle the wire near the screw when tightening . Tighten it a couple of times, it tends to loosen a bit. Make sure your lugs are rated for aluminum and never let share in the same connection with a copper conductor. They must be separated.
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