Can I use low voltage landscape wire as speaker wire?

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Old 07-15-20, 03:13 PM
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Can I use low voltage landscape wire as speaker wire?

I was given about 500' of old low voltage landscape wire. It is marked 14/2 low voltage use only I don't see any reason (other then being difficult to use because of the thick insulation) I can't use it for speaker wire but I just thought to ask first. I don't intend to make one 500' cable I am going to cut it up for various uses which should last me quite awhile.
 
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Old 07-15-20, 03:27 PM
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It is likely not rated for use inside a wall. As long as you do not install it in a wall you will be fine.
 
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I would use it. Electrons don't care whether "landscape lighting" or "speaker wire" is printed on the box. Speaker wire may have finer strands and be more flexible but #14 wire is #14 wire for this application.
 
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Old 07-15-20, 04:53 PM
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OK that is what I figured. I do not intend to use it in the wall anyway. Yes the individual strands are pretty thick but as you said copper is copper (at least this wire is actually copper as I have seen CCA Copper Clad Aluminum or CCS Copper Clad Steel that is cheaper but obviously not as good as pure copper wire).
 
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Old 07-15-20, 04:59 PM
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Or you could strip it all and get $2.15 per pound.
 
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Old 07-15-20, 05:38 PM
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Oh wow that much! I don't know how much 500' of wire actually weighs (once stripped of insulation but as it is now it is a hefty piece of wire)
I have a friend who collects metal things for scraping (he is not one of those desperate scrapper types though. I remember when I used to live in the bad city area of town anytime a CRT television was tossed it was ransacked within 30 minutes for the copper in the back of the set). My plan is to use some for my various speakers I have around my house and give the rest to that friend he can strip the insulation off that is too much work for me
 
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Old 07-15-20, 06:05 PM
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I was joking. Wire that small is not worth stripping.
 
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Talking

Oh,
I guess that is what the smiley face was for. That is too much work anyway as the insulation is extremely thick and not very flexible at all.
 
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