Various Choices of Electric Wires
It pays to know the different types of electrical cords. (Photo Credits)
Electrical cords are important components of electrical fixtures in any given structure.
Hometips.com shared information on the two main types of electrical wires. Builders and Contractors
“The two most common types of single conductor wires are THW and THWN/THHN, which are protected by metal or plastic sheathing. The wires themselves can be either solid or stranded. Solid-core wire produces the best connections, but its stiffness makes it more difficult than stranded wire to route through conduit. You can purchase wire by the foot or in spools that range from 50 to 500 feet. Depending on your installation, make sure to check the rating for indoor or outdoor application as well as for temperature tolerance.”
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Different types of Cable
The website The Spruce meantime shared the two different types of electric cables. Electricians
“There are two different types of cables that are commonly used. Nonmetallic sheathed cable has two or more insulated conductors and usually a bare ground wire. They are all wrapped in an outer protective plastic sheath. The other is armored cable in which there is a black, red, white and green insulated wire inside of a protective flexible metal housing, often called a cord. Usually, armored cable is cut to length, but you may buy a precut length roll.”
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Sciencing.com meantime expounded on the different kinds of electrical wires. One of the cables that it featured in its article is the coaxial cable. “A coaxial electrical cable has a copper-plated core, surrounded by a dielectric insulator. A woven shield of copper surrounds the insulating layer, which is finally wound by an outmost plastic sheath. Coaxial cables differ in size, performance, flexibility, power handling capabilities and cost. They are used to connect home audio and video equipment, television networks and components of a local area network. Hard line, leaky cable, RG/6, twin-axial, biaxial and semi-rigid are types of coaxial cables.”
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Knowing the different types of electrical wires and cables is very much beneficial in deeply understanding electrical fixtures and safety around the home.
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