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First step to verify if you do or don’t have aluminum wiring is to give 5th Generation Electric a call at 214-728-1977 and have a full home electrical inspection performed to verify the condition of the electrical system on your home.
If we find there is aluminum wiring present on your home there are only three options the Consumer Product Safety Commission “CPSC” has approved for a permanent repair.
We strongly recommend option one as it completely removed all hazards that come from aluminum wiring. Over time we have found that this is not an option for everyone of our customers needs due to the time involved in rewiring and the overall cost that can come with it.
For those looking for other options we have adopted option three utilizing AlumiConn Connectors. We have chosen this method for a couple reasons over option two “COPALUM”. When we open up boxes and start working on older homes and try to use the required special order crimper to use COPALUM we can not effectively get the tools into the boxes to make a safe and secure method. While this is not always the case we try to make sure our crews are setup to be as efficient as possible without any unexpected hurdles. AlumiConn connectors allow us to get inside electrical boxes and still make connections on wires that would typically be to short to work with to make a safe and secure connections.
To fully ensure your home is fixed without any shortcuts being taken, only trained electricians should do this kind of repair. Aluminum is a soft metal and can be very tempermental. Connections have to be properly “torqued” and can “NOT” be to loose or to tight. Loose connections can cause overheating as well as over tightening and causing damage to the soft metal which can also cause overheating or loss of power or damage to the wire.
All information can be easily found on the “CPSC” website by going to the search browser on there website and typing “repairing aluminum wiring” or click on the link below.
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