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Aluminum Wiring & Double Tap Breakers

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

Here we see two different Electrical Concerns not only for the Homeowner but for your Insurance Company as well. 1. ALUMINUM WIRING: Between approximately 1965 and 1973, single-strand (solid) aluminum wiring was sometimes substituted for copper branch-circuit wiring in residential electrical systems due to the sudden escalating price of copper. Problems due to expansion and contraction with this type of wiring can cause overheating at connections between the wire and devices such as switches and receptacles, or at splices. This is a potential fire hazard. The Consumer Products Safety Commission recommends either discontinuing use of circuits with aluminum wiring, removing the wiring, or that an electrician determine if copper wire can be pig-tailed onto the ends of the aluminum wire. Insurance Companies might find this a risk to insure. 2. DOUBLE TAPPED BREAKER: Most breakers are designed for only one wire to be connected. This is a safety hazard since the lug bolt can tighten securely against one wire but leave other(s) loose. Arcing, sparks and fires can result. Insurance Companies might find this a risk to insure

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