Copper clad

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by abchoppers, Sep 30, 2007.

  1. abchoppers

    abchoppers New Member

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    Hi all, Quick question about copper clad wire. My house was built in 1974, the aluminum wire was pigtailed and my box is all copper now. However, I noticed that I do have copper clad wire, the outside looks just like copper but a cut end shows AL. I was changing a bathroom gfi and noticed the wire was this copper clad AL so I searched online for safety. I found this on inspectny.com "J. Safety of HOMES Wired WITH COPPER-CLAD ALUMINUM WIRE - Copper-clad aluminum wire has a thin copper outer skin and a core of aluminum. Therefore it looks like copper, except on close examination of a cut end. Markings on the cable jacket would include "Al" or "Aluminum". There is no known history of connection overheating problems associated with copper-clad aluminum wire. No corrective actions are required for copper-clad aluminum wire."

    I've also read this in other areas. My question - Is this true? Any expert opinions? Thank you in advance, Ryan.
  2. Alectrician

    Alectrician DIY Senior Member

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    I would not hook it directly to the device. I would use coper pigtails. It is still aluminum and the problems are generally at the device terminals.
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  3. Spaceman Spiff

    Spaceman Spiff Architect

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    The device needs to say "CU/CU CLAD" if you want to use copper clad on it. I'd still pigtail tho...
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