NM wiring question


I have come across a NM type wire in my kitchen project I am not familiar with. It is a heavy (1/2") cable that is feeding the fridge and one counter outlet. The issue is the thickness of this wire...which I have to reroute in the ceiling.
The wire is about twice as thick as current 12-3 NM cable...the printing on the wire says : Type NM Phelps Dodge PBX 12-3 - W - G 600 volt
Is this just the way they made 12-3 wire in the 70"s...or is this some type of "special" wire ? Can I extend this within a properly grounded electrical box with the current type of 12-3 NM wire ?
Thanks, TR
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Yes, and even into the mid-80s, three-conductor cables typically included three "ropes" of twisted paper or polyester fiber spiraled with the conductors. It gave the cables a fairly smooth surface, instead of the rope-like surface that's typical now. 14-3 cable used to be about the same outside diameter that 12-3 is now, and 12-3 was pretty darn fat.

Probably not.

I don't see any reason why not. What you describe is pretty well normal for the older 12-3 cables.
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That's just the way they made it back then. compare the individual conductors insulation to the new stuff. It's three times as thick.
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