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Author Topic: Source For #2 Solid Copper Uninsulated Wire  (Read 3609 times)
K4CTV
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« on: December 19, 2011, 09:22:27 AM »

Does anyone know a source for small quantities (i.e. 10 - 20 ft) of #2 Solid Copper Uninsulated Wire? Any ideas would be appreciated. 73's, Dave K4CTV
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KA5N
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2011, 09:40:50 AM »

Sure, go to your nearest reclaimation center.  They have all sizes of freshly stolen copper
wire and copper tubing.  Plus if you need aluminum siding for your home and don't want to
collect it yourself, the center will have it.
Don't bother with distributors and big box stores and their high prices.  The center will sell
for scrap prices and save the shipping charges.

(Don't tell them I sent you)

Allen
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W7ETA
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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2011, 11:14:47 AM »

Great tip!

Many thanks OM
73
Bob
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K4CTV
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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2011, 11:34:27 AM »

May thanks for the tip Allen but I'm not hopeful that I'll find #2 Solid Copper Uninsulated Wire but who knows - I'll let you know how successful I am. 73's, Dave
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KQ6Q
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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2011, 01:58:20 PM »

You might also consider thick-wall copper tubing - take a look at Loew's or Home Depot for a packagedcoil just about the length you want. It's used for water feeds to icemakers, swamp coolers, and such.
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KG4NEL
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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2011, 08:49:17 PM »

Does anyone know a source for small quantities (i.e. 10 - 20 ft) of #2 Solid Copper Uninsulated Wire? Any ideas would be appreciated. 73's, Dave K4CTV

Does it need to be solid? That stuff is going to be a bear to work with, unless you have a tubing bender Cheesy

Welding supply places would have 2AWG stranded welding cable. Short of that, a car audio shop should have 10-20 feet of 1/0 stranded, although their prices are going to probably be significantly more ("pretty" wire vs. ugly welding cable).
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K9KJM
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« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2011, 11:02:29 PM »

I agree with the suggestion to just use the tubing.......   Depending on just what you want to do, Usually the hollow tubing will save you a ton of money and work just as well as solid copper wire.

(You DO however need to be careful to not bend sharply or kink the hollow tubing!)
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« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2011, 06:22:15 AM »

Sure, go to your nearest reclaimation center.  They have all sizes of freshly stolen copper
wire and copper tubing.

Hahahaha Grin

Just watch out for meth addicts following you home to re-steal it.
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K1CJS
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« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2011, 06:35:03 AM »

Any decent, fully stocked electrical supply house should have it--although you'll pay top dollar for it there.
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