Same AWG # but different wire size??

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Old 05-03-06, 01:19 PM
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Same AWG # but different wire size??

Hi,
I'm in the process of relocating a power outlet and have to extend the wires. I took note of all the sizes by reading the nomination written on the existing wires, went to the store and bought wires with the same AWG # but they are actually smaller!? How can that be?
Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

Arnaud.
 
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Old 05-03-06, 01:24 PM
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Advances in plastic technology have allowed manufactures to produce wire with thinner insulation. The actual metal core of two wires of the same gauge will be exactly the same diameter.
 
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Old 05-03-06, 01:29 PM
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What size circuit breaker is this, and what size wire or cable did you buy? What size wire or cable are you extending?
 
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Old 05-03-06, 01:53 PM
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Thanks Ben. I suspected something like that!
 
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