Stranded vs solid wire

Old 03-30-03, 09:32 PM
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Question Stranded vs solid wire

I'm installing a new 20-amp circuit in my garage to run shop tools. The breaker box is in the garage and the total run is approximately 25 feet. I have elected to use metal boxes and conduit mounted on the walls. Is 12 gauge-stranded wire a good option and if so should any special termination methods be used at the receptacles or breaker? Is there any difference in current carrying capacity or temperature dissipation?

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Old 03-30-03, 10:59 PM
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You can use either. Stranded has flexability for pulling and is better for vibration, but use whichever you are comfortable with. Solid stays where you bend it and sometimes tends to be easier to attatch to the screws. I happen to use stranded.

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