Saturday, November 9, 2013

Aluminum Wiring

Today's inspection photo is of a 1968 tract home in Lake Forest, CA. Home's of this vintage can be equipped with Aluminum branch electrical wiring. Aluminum wiring was used briefly by the construction industry from the late 60's to early 70's..

Aluminum wiring systems began to show problems related to fire safety issues almost immediately which is why it is no longer used in residential electrical systems. Aluminum was not well suited for use with standard outlet and or switch connectors along with wire nut pig tail splices. The wiring can loosen causing arcing and creating fire safety issues.

Remember, always use licensed contractors when working on your property, pull those permits when required and when in doubt, error on the side of safety.

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