Please Help! Aluminum wiring problem.


Old 05-25-06, 03:00 PM
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Please Help! Aluminum wiring problem.

I have a water pump for my pond that has a cord with aluminum wiring, but does not have a plug. I have been going crazy trying to find one that is CO/ALR and three pronged. I've been to two Home Depots and four other electrical suppy places with no luck whatsoever. I've also searched for hours online.

Please, if someone knows where I can get one here in San Diego or by ordering, point me in the direction. You have no idea how grateful I would be.

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Old 05-25-06, 03:06 PM
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I don't know of any plug assemblies for flexible cords rated for CO/ALR. Why not just replace the entire cord with a new copper appliance cord?
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Are you sure the wire is AL and not tinned copper. Scrape the wire with a utility blade and see if the "aluminum" comes off, revealing copper underneath.

Where do you plug in your pond pump?
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Thanks for your help. Obviously you can tell I have no idea what I'm doing. I scraped at the wire and it is indeed just a coating. I had tried the pump with a regular plug and it wouldn't work so some guy at Home Depot told me it must be aluminum. Now I think it's probably just defective. Thanks a lot to both of you and hopefully I didn't make too much of a fool out of myself.

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Never get your advice from Home Depot, or any of the bog box stores. Take any advice you do get, from any source, with a grain of salt until you verify it somewhere.

The plug would not make a difference. If the wire was aluminum it would still work with an incorrect plug. It may not be safe, but it would work.

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