Wrong devices with Aluminum wiring

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Old 04-07-06, 12:31 PM
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Wrong devices with Aluminum wiring

I have noticed that my parents' home, that is 100% wired with aluminum wire, has many switches and receptacles that are not co/alr rated. It looks like the previous owner did some renovations and used copper-only devices in many places. I went around the house and pulled the faceplates off of every switch and receptacle and checked the wiring and connections in every box.

All of the connections were tight and there was no visible sign of arcing or over-heating.

These devices have obviously been in place for many years without a problem. Should I replace them, or just leave well enough alone?
 
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Old 04-07-06, 05:02 PM
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This is much too simple... Don't itch, don't scratch.

If you didn't look would you know? Are the wires in good shape?
Anything suspect should be changed. If you start you can't stop.

It has been there, how long?
 
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Old 04-08-06, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by lectriclee
This is much too simple... Don't itch, don't scratch.

If you didn't look would you know? Are the wires in good shape?
Anything suspect should be changed. If you start you can't stop.

It has been there, how long?
My guess is that it has been there at least 8 years or more. They have been there for 8 years. Again, there are no signs of overheating and connections are tight. This neighbourhood was built in the mid 1970's. I'm sure if you went up and down the street, you'd find the same situation considering people are doing a lot of renovations to these homes now.

I think I'm just going to leave everything alone and check it for them once a year.
 
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