BX - Alum vs steel


Old 01-22-05, 03:06 PM
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BX - Alum vs steel

Other than cost - are there any guidelines as to when to use steel versus aluminum jacketd BX?
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Old 01-22-05, 03:43 PM
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There are two type of metal jacketed flexible cable (conductors pre-installed), armored cable (AC Cable) and metal clad cable (MC Cable). I think MC cable is available in both aluminum and steel, but AC cable is only one type. MC cable has a dedicated insulated equipment grounding conductor, whereas the AC cable relies on the spiral jacket with the bare shorting wire within the jacket.
In most cases for residential, AC cable is fine. To be more safe, MC cable. Aluminum is not as heavy as the steel.
Old 01-22-05, 06:06 PM
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where corrosion might be a problem, aluminum would be prefered

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