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What Is Heat Shrink Tubing?

Heat shrink tubing is made of a plastic material that shrinks around a wire and creates a strong seal. It can protect against abrasion, mechanical strain and environmental threats, especially on joints or termination points. It reduces in size radially but only shrinks a very small amount longitudinally, meaning it mostly retains its length for…

What Are Multiconductor Cables?

What Are Multiconductor Cables? Multiconductor cables can also be called multi-core cables. Each conductor has an insulating jacket that gives it certain protective properties, such as heat, moisture and chemical resistance. They are typically fairly flexible and are easy to solder. They also come in a wide range of American Wire Gauge (AWG) sizes, with…

10 General Hook Up Wire Phrases

We mentioned earlier that there are many different names for hook-up wires, some of which mean the same things and some of which differ greatly. Here’s how some of them compare. 1. Hook-Up Wire Hook-up wire is generally described as a single-conductor-wire that “hooks up” electricity. The problem with asking a supplier for hook up…

3 Types of PVC Hook-Up Wire

As you’ve seen, there are many different types of hook-up wire, and PVC hook-up wire has several of its own subsections. 1. Basic PVC Hook-Up Wire Basic PVC hook-up wire comes in 300 and 600 volts and can be purchased on many online websites, including this one. It’s rated to withstand 105°C and many solvents,…

What Is Hook-Up Wire?

Hook up wire, lead wire, high-temperature wire, automotive wire and electrical wire are all broad terms describing certain types of single-conductor wire. Using these terms can be confusing because each type of lead wire has its own attributes that may or may not apply to all of the others. For instance, you might ask for a standard “lead wire”…

3 Stranding Options for Electrical Wire

Each wire in a cable can join up with other wires through stranding. Here are a few of the ways it can be done. 1. Solid Copper Solid copper stranding means that there is a single strand of copper acting as the conductor. Common sizes of THHN wire that use solid stranding are 14, 12…

What Is Electrical Wire?

Electrical wire is an essential component of commercial buildings all over the world. Some cables need to stand up to harsh environments, while others just need to get a signal from point A to point B. These different cables can include features like shielding and flexibility to offer the best possible performance in a wide…
DLO vs. Welding Cable

DLO vs. Welding Cable

Sometimes, our machines malfunction or break. When this happens, it’s essential to know what caused the problem and how you can fix it. In some cases, you may need to replace your DLO cable or welding cable. Though you’ll often find DLO cables and welding cables in the same category, they have a few key…
How to Identify Electric Cable Sizes

How to Identify Electric Cable Sizes

Electric wiring runs through properties to power lights, electronics, HVAC systems and more. To do this, electric systems use cables, which are groups of wires insulated together. They provide electrical currents with a low-resistance path to travel through. Whether you’re installing a new electrical system or repairing an existing one, it’s crucial to understand electric…
Guide to Electrical Wire Insulation: Why It Is Important

Guide to Electrical Wire Insulation: Why It Is Important

The importance of insulated wiring cannot be overstated, as it protects your wiring from being damaged and from the hazards wiring causes to the environment around it. Learn about why you need to insulate wires, as well as the types of materials used as insulation and some electrical cable types that need to be insulated.…