Aluminum Wire

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Old 04-15-05, 07:31 AM
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Aluminum Wire

Folks;
I have just installed a new dishwasher in my home. The wire going from the panel box to a junction box is aluminum. The wire going from the dishwasher
to the junction box is copper 12/2. I was told by a electrician I have to
use some kind of lubricant and special wire nuts to tie these together.What
is the lubricant and what are the wire nuts called? Also is this ok to due?
Thank you in advance for your input
RON
 
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Old 04-15-05, 08:06 AM
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Yes you need the purple twister by ideal. It is a wirenut filled with the protective lubricant specifically designed for cu/al connections. This link will be helpful (click on twister and scroll) and you can purchase them at home depot. http://www.idealindustries.com/wt/Tw...Connectors.nsf

You also need to make sure the wire from the panel is 12 awg al miniumum if it is 14 awg al it is no longer allowed to be used.
 
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Old 04-15-05, 08:25 AM
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Aluminum Wire

Roger;
Thank you for your advice.The aluminum wire just has 12 al on the
covering.it does not have avg on it . Is this ok
ron
 
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Note that 12 g aluminum wire is only good for 15 amps, not 20.
 
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Old 04-15-05, 03:34 PM
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Ron you are fine...awg is just short for american wire guage. Bob does bring up a good point that I forgot to mention on the 12 Al being good for 15 amps only. So use a 15 amp breaker in the panel.
 
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Old 04-15-05, 07:37 PM
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Out of curiosity: Does anything special need to be done (or is at least recommended) when connecting the aluminum to the breakers? I know the breakers I have seen are dual rated for AL/CU.
 
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