Copper Building Wire is basically an electrical conductor for completing circuits in a construction’s wire network. Copper is often preferred to other metals for these systems because it is very efficient, very strong, highly reliable and readily available in many continents. Copper is basically the most available metal today all over the world. Over the operational life of a wire system, copper makes the most economical conductor affordable to people of all walks.

Electrical field applications involve a lot of wiring and several wires are used in these applications. Some wires have very high qualities compared to others. However, there a lot of hearsay about the conductivity and the performance of copper wire. Some electricians fail to do the right installation procedures enshrined by the manufacturers which lead to failures. These failures are blindly alluded to the copper building wire itself when the fair share of blame should be channeled to the installation procedure used. A lot is involved in the installation of copper building wire and am prepared to take you through the varied yards of information about this integral part of the technical systems. At least the end of the article you will be in a position to demystify the uncertainties involved in copper building wire installation.

There are various types of Copper building wires. NM-B is one type of the conductor. NM-B which stands for Non-Metallic Sheathed cable is used in dry systems where it is applied as branch circuits for outlets, domestic and industrial lightning and other loads. The cable can be fixed within the walls of a building or laid in tiles with little dampness.

Another popular product is THHN building wire. This type of copper wire is considered to be appropriate for use in the alternating current electrical systems. The THHN building cable is applied in the distribution systems for industrial works, residential applications and in commercial set ups. It delivers a voltage range of 100-600 volts. However, THHN wire is also used in control circuits, various wiring works and in many appliances. THHN is listed in the UL withtemperature rating of 90 degrees Celsius in dry systems and about 70 degrees in wet applications. Several of THHN wire portray two ratings marked on them as THHN THWN for both dry and wet conditions.Besides these two types, there are other types like MTW-UL1015, XPL/USE-2, TFN/TFFN-2 et cetera.

What are the outstanding features of Copper?
Copper is very resistant to creep which the gradual decadence of a material due to stress. This feature makes it difficult to damage copper wire even during installation. Sometimes a screw used at the connecting points may damage a wire then lead to lose connections but copper gives tight connections due to its strength and endurance. Besides being strong, the copper wire is also ductile. This combination of strength and ductility makes the copper wire less pliable hence very admirable for wiring applications.

Compatibility with Connectors and Devices
The copper building wire is sturdy and resistant to corrosive agents. The wire is compatible with plated screws and brass which results in a sure connections. Tight connections prevent creeping since creep results into loose connections which when oxidized cause arcing and subsequently overheating.

Is Copper Building Wire Installation Easy?
Installation is divided into two main categories, there is the aerial and underground installation. A cable which makes installation a nightmare to electricians is not desired. Installation of this cable is easy and simple since no special tools are needed. The washers, pigtails or any other joint compounds are not needed for its installation.

The physical features like ductility makes copper wire easier to work with. It has enduring strength, hardness and flexibility which combine admirably. During pulling, the conductor resists breakage or stretching. It can be bent over and over, twisted yet will not break. Electricians are advised to strip it and terminate it during installation take precautionary measures to cause less nicks and breaks.

The copper Building wire is economical and less corrosive. It has the high qualities for an outstanding conductor. If you are looking for a wire for you household wiring system then you are limited to pick the ever durable and flexible copper. For more information on this and other wires, please visit Nassau Electricals and get in touch with us via the live chat button available on the bottom right hand side of our website.


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