aluminum wire question

Old 03-16-02, 07:54 AM
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Question aluminum wire question

I have a house that was built in the early 70's that has aluminum wiring and I am doing some remodeling work in the kitchen. I want to move some of the light fixtures to new locations which would require lengthening the wire. I can not find aluminum wire, which is ok because I really dont want to use it anyway. Can I use standad copper wire to lengthen the wire if I use the proper wire nuts and anti-oxident or is there a better method? I only need to lengthen the wires several feet. Thanks for any feedback!
Old 03-16-02, 08:11 AM
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There are approved devices for connecting aluminum and copper wires where the two metals are kept separate and do not react with each other. Just keep in mind any splices you make must remain accessible and be inside of a box. That means you cannot have splices buried in the walls or ceiling. If you are going to make the splices in existing lighting outlet boxes and you remove the fixture, make sure you put a blank cover over the box so it remains acessible.

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