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ELECTRICAL CONDUCTOR WIRE SIZE / GAGE - AWG

AMP RATING
COPPER WIRE

AMP RATING
ALUMINIUM WIRE
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Aluminium Wiring'

COMMENTS

14 15 N/A Smallest size normally used for household 120V wiring (copper 15A)
12 20 15 Also a common size used for household 120v and some 240 usage
10 30 20 Commonly used in Laundry Dryer wiring (copper wire)
8 50 30 Commonly used for cooking range wiring (copper wire)
6 80 50  
4 125 80  
2 200 125  
1 250 200  
1/0 OR 0 325    
2/0 OR 00 400    


When researching for this article, I discovered how vast the numerous types of electrical wires available so I decided to refer our users to websites that are covering this is far more detail than I could alone (will open in a new tab or window)...

https://inspectapedia.com/electric/Electrical_SEC_Sizes_Amps.php

https://www.ul.com/global/documents/offerings/perspectives/regulators/electrical/newsletters
/W&CMG_April2007_Final.pdf

https://www.ul.com/global/documents/corporate/aboutul/publications/newsletters/
electricalconnections/july08.pdf

By: Donald Kerr

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