I just bought a 250' roll of 12/3NM for $15. The trick is that it is really
old. The cable bends back and forth nicely without anything happening to
the insulation, but the box is crumbling.
Is this okay to use, or might age have done something to it. Yeah, I know
installed 40 year old cable is just fine, but this will be bent up some
during installation, so it might not be the same thing.
They had a second roll, but I don't think I will ever go through this one.
I just sold 420' of 14/2 (for $85) because I had a major wire surplus from
garage sales; I just can't resist a deal.
Should be fine- as it's never had current through it, and therefore
heat, as long as the jacket is ok, it should be ok to use! A great
deal, by the standard of pricing in my area...
That goes for 120 bucks in the Chicago area-
IT IS UNSAFE. I'm so concerned about your safety I will double your
money and buy it from you for $30 so you're not tempted to use it.
You should be fine (you lucky dog) as long as the wire isn't 'AL
Cu-clad', copper-clad aluminum. Should be marked but clip the end to
make sure it is not shiny inside. If it is aluminum inside I would
Actually the temperature rating is probably not the same as the new stuff.
The cable that you bought is most likely rated for 60 degrees centigrade.
The new Romex is rated for at least 90 degrees. Did you ever remove an old
light fixture and find that the insulation on the feed wire in the ceiling
box was crisp from heat?
On Fri, 10 Nov 2006 10:17:44 -0500, "John Grabowski"
One reason to avoid sealed fixtures. To correct the problem, you can
place a box ahead of the fixtire and run hi-temp wire the last few
feet (formerly asbestos coated wire, not sure what they use
now).inside of some greenfield.
The easier solution, use Compact Florescent bulbs (made for sealed
enclosures). And save some money on the electric bill too. Very
little heat from them.....
buy it, use it... just not on your own house. ;-)
I'm sure that 99% of houses that are 40 years old have 40 year old
cable... and it works fine.
Don't buy aluminum cable though....make sure it's copper.
12G copper wire is 20# per1000 feet. You have 750 feet, or roughly 15 pounds
Recycled copper is worth, oh, $1.50 per pound or, in your case, ~$25.00.
Heck, if you could strip off the insulation, you could almost double your
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