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Author Topic: long power run  (Read 1476 times)
W3LK
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« Reply #15 on: December 24, 2007, 07:42:25 AM »

<< Also consider insulated aluminum triplex wire. Much cheaper than copper, And as long as you keep it inside conduit and protected will work well.
Something like #6 Aluminum could provide your 240 volt subpanel in your workshop for future needs......>>

I was under the impression that AL wire no longer met the NEC code. Am I wrong?

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Lon - W3LK
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« Reply #16 on: December 24, 2007, 11:36:31 AM »

I am a licensed Electrician, 25 years, and depending on what you are planning on using, I'd call an elecrician and ask about a 100 amp sub panel in the shop.
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« Reply #17 on: December 24, 2007, 11:37:19 AM »

Aluminum is still often used for the larger items like the electric range, water heaters, etc. Its not often used for general purpose wiring like outlets. I don't think NEC outlaws that use so long as you use fixtures rated for aluminum.
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« Reply #18 on: December 24, 2007, 07:53:41 PM »

Thanks.

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Lon - W3LK
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« Reply #19 on: December 25, 2007, 07:43:51 PM »

Lots of good answers here and then some strays...

However, the fact that you even asked the question suggests that you would be much better off hiring an electrician to do the work.  Also, why skimp on the wire size.  I submit that setting up at least a 50 amp circuit with a separate breaker box in your shack is the way to go.  If you do less than something like this you will probably regret it.
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