My wife and I are remodeling a bedroom . Our home was built in 1974.
At the time the electrical code allowed for use of aluminum wiring
because of the excessively high cost of copper at the time. When we
first moved in, every light switch and outlet was replaced with CO/ALR
devices and the wires coated with a no-ox compound. (Yeah, we found a
whole bunch of Cu-rated switches and outlets with all the accompanying
snap, crackle and pop of flukey Cu-Al connections). And no the house
didn't burn down - fortunately. Obviously, aluminum wiring is not to
code any longer, and yes, I've considered re-wiring the house with
Now here's my quandry - I'd like to add recessed lighting, dimmer
switches and two new outlets to the bedroom. Of course all those
devices are rated for Cu wire. What are the options for
interconnecting Cu wire to the existing Al? I I know I can use
COPALUM connections ($35-$55 per connector -ouch!). Or can Ideal #65
Twister connectors be used, if available?
COPALUM would be easier than re-wiring the house. Then again a re-
wire would allow me to hook up each room in the house with one or more
dedicated circuit breakers. That way I could work on, say, a bathroom
fixture without having to kill the power on half the upper floor. Any
suggestions, or have I already answered my own question?
Thanks in advance,
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