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Old 03-12-13, 11:10 AM
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cable identification

I recently found what looks to be 3 wires coming out of a 1 1/4 pipe in the floor, Two of the wires are the same, copper stranded and the other is solid and thinner maybe like a #8 or #10. The odd thing is (odd for me that is) that the 2 copper stranded wires that seem to be between a #4 and a #6 are encased in lead. Does anyone know what these are and what they were used for? Ive attached some photos for identification. There is also a #4 and #6 wire that I put next to to them for comparison purposes.Name:  photo031213b.jpg
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Old 03-12-13, 11:44 AM
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What room is this in?

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Old 03-12-13, 12:25 PM
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That is an underground feeder cable.

Before they had UF (underground feeder) cable they used lead cable.
Pretty popular in the late 50's.
 
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That is an underground feeder cable.

Before they had UF (underground feeder) cable they used lead cable.
Pretty popular in the late 50's.
Wow, that is so interesting. How can I tell what size the cable is?
 
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Old 03-12-13, 08:47 PM
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btw....like the nick ....back to hd


It's hard to tell wire sizes in pictures. In one you are holding a piece of new wire against the old one...... looks close.

Is it possible that could be an old underground service ?
Does it go out the front of the house ?

I've worked in developments where the post lights were wired in 14-2 lead cable.
 
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Old 03-12-13, 08:58 PM
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How can I tell what size the cable is?
Assuming that you're actually interested in determining what size the conductors are, cut a clean end, strip 1/2" or so of the insulation off, and measure the exposed conductor with a micrometer. The circular mil. area of the conductor defines its size.
 
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