Copper ground


Old 04-02-18, 05:58 PM
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Copper ground

On #6 copper ground wire is it best to go with solid or can stranded hold up ok considering outside tempts ,etc ?
Looks like some are using stranded more.

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Completely your choice of stranded or solid, or whatever the store has in stock or whatever you already have on hand.
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I feel I getting a more solid connection with solid copper wires. Maybe I'm over-tightening the screws, but the stranded tends to shred and I don't feel I'm getting a solid connection.
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Yes ,I can see where in the long run the bolt on lug with stranded wire may tend to loosen up easier after sitting many years, than the bolt on solid wire..
I already have both to choose from though size difference.Im leaning on going with the solid .
Can i double up with 2 #10 solid over 1 #8 stranded?.
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The grounding electrode conductor is to be a single conductor that is continuous from panel to the first electrode.
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Conductors smaller than 1/0 cannot be paralleled . Why do you need two #10s ?
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Looks like some are using stranded more.

I have always preferred the stranded over solid, stranded is easier to make a nice neat installation. Generally the home centers will only stock solid bare ground wire.
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The only time I will use solid #6 copper wire is to run to a ground rod or a water pipe.

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