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Aluminum wiring - From a Home Inspectors view
- Installed Between approximately 1965 and 1973
- The wiring itself is not the problem, it's the connections. Aluminum wiring was and still is a great conductor unfortunately that caused the term we now refer to as " Creeping". It sounds just like it is, the wires would work themselves out of the connections causing dangerous situations. Fortunately aluminum wiring can be pigtailed with copper and this is considered a practical safe fix.
Confusion between tinned copper and aluminum is a common mistake. Tinned copper usually has a cloth sheathing where as Aluminum has plastic. It will also be written on the sheathing saying Aluminum. Breakers must also be Aluminum rated (AL).
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