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Indoor vs. Outdoor Wire

Indoor vs. Outdoor Wire While indoor and outdoor wires may have some similarities, their differences have significant ramifications. Outdoor and indoor wiring fall under different safety codes and use various materials depending on the application. Using a wire in the wrong location can be a critical error, leading to damaged wiring and significant safety risks,…

7 Electrical Wire Attributes to Consider Before Buying

1. Copper Price Copper is a commodity on the NYSE which means the price goes up and down daily. The price of copper electrical wire changes daily with the NYSE price which means you can plan your purchasing times. Similar to buying real estate when prices are down, it’s a good idea to buy electrical wire when…

5 Ways to Get Rid of Copper Electrical Wire

If you have excess copper electrical wire you can get money for it easier than you think. Take a look at 5 different ways of turning your copper wire into cash: 1. Copper Scrap Yard You can bring your excess electrical wire to a copper scrap yard and receive about 70% of the current copper rate. If…

Why Are There Different Types of 18 Gauge Lead Wire?

Different types of 18 awg lead wire are engineered each time there is a new application because there are different circumstances in each situation. The common denominator with each lead wire is the amount of electricity that can travel through a copper wire as thick as 18 awg. The differences are voltage, environmental temperature and possibly weather…

What Is DLO Cable And What Is It Used For?

DLO stands for Diesel Locomotive because it is most commonly used for diesel locomotive applications. However, as a very powerful single conductor cable, it can be used in multiple single phase applications such as oil and gas drilling rigs, cranes, ship yards, motor leads and mining applications. DLO cables are rated for 2000 volts and used in…

UFB Underground Electrical Cable is in Season!

Underground electrical cable is more popular throughout the warmer months because trenches need to be dug in order to install it. UFB stands for Underground Feeder because it doesn’t need conduit or tray to be installed directly underground. Detached Garage or Barn A detached garage or barn will need to have its own electrical box to…

Type W and Type G-GC Industrial Power Cables

If you need to carry a lot of current to a source and need added protection and durability for outdoor use then a Type W or Type G-GC cable might be the one for your application. Industrial power cables are enlarged SOOW cables with added protection, higher voltage and much higher ampacities that are portable for use…

Installing THHN cable in cold weather

When the weather is cold, you can have problems not just with your heating bills and skin, but also with your cables. For example, the THHN cable is easily vulnerable to deterioration due to cold weather. THHN cable is Thermoplastic, High-Heat Resistance, Nylon-Coated, therefore the name- THHN. Though it is versatile cable and does not fall…

Information About Foil Tape And Tinned Copper Shielding

Copper is commonly used for shielding purposes, usually as a foil tape or tinned copper shielding. Information about foil tape and tinned copper shielding is readily available online. Both foil tape and tinned copper shielding are used to shield cables, eliminate EMI/RFI interference, thermal and electrical purposes and others. Foil tapes are available in two kinds: aluminum…

Cut, Strip and Install Romex NM-B Cable

Romex cable is manufactured by a company called Southwire, which is currently the largest copper wire manufacturer in the USA. The name Romex is usually followed by NM or NM-B which stands for “Non Metallic” and “Non Metallic with ground”. Take a look at this video to see the correct way to cut and strip the…