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Hazard posed by old technology aluminum wiring systems

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce. Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

Hazard posed by old technology aluminum wiring systems

hearings before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives, Ninety-fifth Congress, second session.

by United States. Congress. House. Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce. Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

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Published by U.S. Govt. Print. Off. in Washington .
Written in English

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  • Electric wiring -- Fires and fire prevention.

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    LC ClassificationsKF27 .I5547 1978g
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    Paginationv, 409 p. :
    Number of Pages409
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    LC Control Number79600526

    The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that the likelihood of having a connection reach fire hazard condition in a house wired with “old technology” aluminum wiring (manufactured prior to ) is 40 to 50 times that of a house wired with copper wire. Aluminum electrical wiring can be a fire risk where it meets copper connections.. If your home was built from the mids to late 70s, it may well have the original aluminum electrical wiring popular at the time.. Aluminum was favoured over copper wiring during this spell because of the soaring price of copper before technology made it cheaper to mine.

    Doing Nothing - Leave Aluminum Wiring As Is. If there haven’t been any problems with the aluminum wiring, the homeowner may elect to do nothing. Failure of old–technology aluminum wiring is unpredictable and has greatly increased chance of reaching fire hazard conditions. The homeowner would continue to bear that risk. aluminum building wire is that it is more susceptible to breaking when nicked than copper building wire. This opinion is based on experiences from “old technology” aluminum wire that was made of AA or EC grade aluminum prior to The EC grade wire then avail-able was % pure aluminum, hard-temper and was.

    A piece of the old alloy solid aluminum wiring can be broken by simply bending it back and forth a few times, whereas the type alloy wire has far greater pliability and .   Aluminum Wiring: A Fire Hazard? Posted on J by Dylan Chalk — No Comments ↓ The first time I found single strand aluminum wiring on a home inspection, both my client and the Realtor I was working with were in disbelief when I warned them about this potential fire hazard.


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Hazard posed by old technology aluminum wiring systems by United States. Congress. House. Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce. Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Download PDF EPUB FB2

Hazard posed by "old technology" aluminum wiring systems: hearings before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives, Ninety-fifth Congress, second session.

Such properties are considered to pose significantly higher fire risk from failed electrical connections than properties wired with either “new technology” aluminum wiring systems or copper wire. These risks are increasing as the wiring systems age and new technologies place increasing demand on electrical distribution systems.

Hazard posed by "old technology" aluminum wiring systems [microform]: hearings before the subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives, Ninety-fifth Congress, second session By United States.

1. Faulty Outlets And Old Wiring System Can Cause A fire. One of the most prominent hazards that faulty outlets could bring to homeowners is that it could cause electrical sparks. No discussion of the hazards posed by aging wiring would be complete without a nod toward residential aluminum wiring systems.

Nationwide, between andan estimated 2 million homes and mobile homes were wired with aluminum wire. These systems consisted of aluminum electrical conductors for use in 15 and 20 ampere circuits (size 10 AWG and smaller) as well as all.

ALUMINUM WIRE REPAIR METHODS to reduce risk in buildings with Aluminum Electrical Wiring - Overview of Acceptable Repair Practices (in the document you are presently viewing); Reducing the Fire Hazards in Aluminum-Wired Homes, Jess Aronstein, Ph.D.,This document answers most technical questions about the hazards and remedies of aluminum electrical wiring.

Putting a date on the aluminum electrical wiring can be tricky, because there were different hazards reported both with "old technology" aluminum wire that was installed up toand "new technology" aluminum wire that was installed later but at least some of which was equally hazardous.

Between approximately andsingle-strand (solid) aluminum wiring was sometimes substituted for copper branch-circuit wiring in residential electrical systems due to the sudden escalating price of copper. After a decade of use by homeowners and electricians, inherent weaknesses were discovered in the metal that lead to its disuse as a branch wiring material.

" This summer, CPSC and ESFI are encouraging homeowners to: 1) have an electrical inspection conducted for homes 40 years and older, for homes 10 years and older with major renovations or new appliances added, or that have been resold; 2) learn the potential hazards posed by aluminum wiring systems and contact CPSC if your home is among the two.

The presence of solid aluminum wiring in branch circuits is a recognized safety hazard and as such is a reportable condition. There may be a temptation to assume that since an installation is 30 years old and has never been a problem that somehow it is ok.

That could be a potentially dangerous assumption. A shortage of copper in the mid s caused builders to increase the use of aluminum wire in residential electrical distribution systems from the few large-power circuits (i.e., for electric clothes dryers and ranges), to general purpose and ampere-rated circuits.

Homes built before are unlikely to have aluminum branch circuit wiring. Book a comprehensive electrical inspection by one of our licensed Vancouver electricians, especially if the house has knob and tube wiring or aluminum wiring to get the most informed report on the condition of the electrical system.

And be sure to make any recommended electrical safety upgrades once you buy the house. Aronstein, "Tests of 'Old Technology' Aluminum Wire," Wright-Malta Corp. Project Report CPSC-C, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, DC, Feb.

10, ; Aluminum Electrical Wiring Hazards, Inspection, Repair Procedure documents available on Internet: ALUMINUM WIRING HAZARDS & REPAIRS; ALUMINUM WIRE FAILURE REPORTS. Aluminum Wiring Hazards and Solutions. Primarily in the s and s, many electrical contractors used aluminum wiring instead of copper wiring as a way to save money and lower construction costs.

However, a number of electrical fires have been attributed to aluminum wiring. Aluminum wiring is more likely to pose a potential fire hazard.

According to the CPSC, an estimated 2 million homes built or remodeled between the late s and mids contain aluminum wiring. And if you plan on getting your home insured, it’s important to note that many insurance companies will not provide you with coverage unless your.

Since most receptacles and switches are made to accommodate copper wiring, one of the biggest dangers with aluminum wiring is when you (or past occupants) have upgraded old outlets to new ones that are not compatible with the aluminum wiring. Aluminum wiring is more likely to cause a fire than copper wire for a variety of reasons.

First, aluminum expands more than copper when there is an electrical current running through it, making it easier for aluminum to creep out from under terminal. We know when specific types of wiring were in use, but it is difficult to speculate on the extent of their use.

Residences built between and may have been wired with the "old technology" aluminum wire. Those built after also may have been wired with the "new technology" aluminum wire instead of copper. Obsolete electrical componentspose a fire and safety hazard, such as: aluminum wiring.

From about tosingle-strand aluminum wiring was sometimes used in place of copper branch-circuit wiring in residential electrical systems due to the escalating price of copper. After a decade of use by homeowners and electricians, weaknesses were. Between approximately andsingle-strand aluminum wiring was sometimes substituted for copper branch-circuit wiring in residential electrical systems due to the sudden escalating price of copper.

After a decade of use by homeowners and electricians, inherent weaknesses were discovered in the metal that lead to its disuse as a branch wiring material. Aluminum wiring poses a fire hazard wherever it is spliced or makes a connection with an outlet, switch, circuit breaker, or other component of the electrical system.

At connection points, aluminum shrinks and expands with temperature changes. Over time, this movement can cause breaks in the circuit and overheating, sparks, or fire.Older Homes Need New Wiring.

May What to Do about Aging Electrical Wiring. Like antique furniture, older homes offer wonderful decorative details and craftsmanship.

But, unfortunately, building materials don't last forever. Electrical wiring, especially in old homes, can pose a serious hazard. "Aluminum wiring in a house presents a very serious potential fire hazard. We feel that there are a significant number of homeowners who have aluminum wiring and .