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Stranded Copper and Aluminum wire, Double Tap

By Camrin Parnell | October 6, 2013 | No Comments





Inspecting the service panel I observed 2 critical electrical safety hazards. The first being a stranded copper wire, light gauge extension cord wire, attached to a lug on a pull out fuse, this is a fire hazard. The second hazard was the double tapping of the stranded wire and the aluminum wire, this is a fire hazard. Copper wire assuming 14/2 and aluminum wire 14/2 can not be double tapped because the coefficient of expansion for each material is different and this presents a possible electrical fire hazard. I immediately informed my client and the seller of the possible safety concerns and to call a licensed electrician to inspect and repair the elctrical system.

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