Home Inspection  Promote Your Business
Home Inspection
ProMatch
Directory
Cost Report
  More Services

Problems with Aluminum Branch Circuit Wire


By



Between approximately 1965 and 1973, single-strand aluminum wiring was sometimes substituted for copper branch-circuit wiring in residential electrical systems due to the sudden escalating price of copper. The aluminum wire needed to be a higher gauge than copper.

Aluminum wiring is permitted with the appropriate installation methods and materials. The problem was at connections, such as receptacles, switches, light fixtures, appliance connections, and at the panel. The solution was special connectors, designed to connect the aluminum with copper safely. We still see aluminum wire when conducting inspections. Some buyers panic when they hear that aluminum wire is present. A qualified electrician can be consulted on the best method to make the specific homes wiring safe.



Be the first to find this article helpful.

About the Author

Christopher McDowell, Best Choice Inspections
48 Van Orden Rd
Newfoundland, NJ 07435
201-819-0139

Contact Author: request info

If you would like to re-print this article, please contact the author.
Free Quotes from Home Inspectors
Click to Get Quotes

Related Topics

Home Inspection Services
AnnRuel Home Inspections
AnnRuel is a Home Inspection Service in Maine

What is a Home Inspection?
What is and isn't part of a home inspection

Home Inspection and Your Roof
Did you know that multiple layers of roofing material may be hiding defects?

Research Your Future Home
When purchasing a home, ask the seller for all available maintenance records and visit...

What is a Home Inspection?
A home inspection is a thorough visual inspection of a property. Most home buyers will...

Free Quotes from Home Inspectors

Other Related Topics

A Guide to InterNACHI
Learn more about InterNACHI. The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors...

A Guide to the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI)
The National Association of Home Inspectors is a professional association of home...

Why Home Inspections and Appraisals Shouldn't be Left to Home Buyers
Learn why you should get a home inspection and appraisal when selling your home.

A Guide to the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI)
The American Society of Home Inspectors (or ASHI) is a professional association of home...

Home Inspection FAQs
Get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about home inspections.

Editorial Disclaimer: The views expressed in articles published on this website are those of the authors alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of this website or its staff. The articles on this site do not constitute a recommendation or endorsement with respect to any views, company, or product. Authors affirm that article submissions are their original content or that they have permission to reproduce.

Free Cost Estimates   |   Home Inspectors Directory   |   Home Inspection Cost Report   |   Free Business Listing



Home   |   Articles & Videos   |   Affiliates   |   Networking Groups   |   Search by Category   |   Professionals

Terms of Use   |   Privacy   |   About Us   |   Contact Us   |   Member Login

© 2003-2014 - VentureStreet, LLC

Join Our Business Network