To achieve the long-term success of wiring, you must carefully consider preparation, installation techniques, tools, connectors, and long-term inspection. A copper wire does not require special preparation, such as joint compounds, tightening procedures, and wire brushing. Copper is typically considered heavier than other wiring materials; copper still reacts to heat better than other materials. It is also more compact, which means that it can easily fit within small spaces. Because of its small size, it can be used with smaller than average raceways. Copper is also commonly used because it is forgiving if the installation is not done the first time correctly. This helps to save time and money. Maintenance is also less costly and usually only requires periodic re-tightening for straight and cut wire.
Temperatures can harm wiring systems. The ampacity of building wires is directly limited by the rating temperature of the conductor isolation. When calculating ampacity, you must consider the number of current-carrying conductors and the ambient temperature within a cable or raceway. You must also be mindful of conductors and cables that may be exposed to direct sunlight.
Plating wire options must be considered to achieve high efficiency in performance. Copper alone does not have enough characteristics to make it completely useful. Plating wire options allow you to customize and maximize performance.
A copper building wire system is reliable, and it only requires minimal maintenance. In most cases, it does not require conductive grease, wire brushings, or periodic re-tightening.
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