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Wire gauge question

Discussion in 'DIY' started by Al27, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. Al27

    Al27 New Member

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    I'm working on a SCA-35, installing the PC-10A output boards.

    It looks like the original was built using 20AWG wire for heaters and B+. The only 20AWG I have on hand has insulation that melts when it's in the same room as a hot soldering iron. :dunno::thumbsdown:

    I have 22AWG, but I'm thinking that would not be a good idea... what's the source of choice for solid hook up wire?

    Thanks,
    Al
     

     

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  2. zebulon1

    zebulon1 Getting behind on work. I need help? Subscriber

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    Where are you located?
     
  3. Al27

    Al27 New Member

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    I'm in NH
     
  4. crispycircuit

    crispycircuit AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    My choice would be 20 gauge/teflon jacket.....However, I usually end up using what evers on hand (wire I pulled out of other equipment). I have a large box of scrape, sometimes I need a certain color but do prefer solid core. Everyone has their opinion on wire, I don't worry about it......
     
  5. arts

    arts Super Member

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    Like a lot of folks around here,I like the solid core wire from fluorescent ballasts.
     
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  6. ConradH

    ConradH Addicted Member

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    I don't like solid wire at all but regardless, look for either Kynar, Teflon or irradiated PVC. They hold up much better than the soft stuff while soldering.
     
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  7. zebulon1

    zebulon1 Getting behind on work. I need help? Subscriber

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    Kynar, Teflon or irradiated PVC. Great tips.
     
  8. Al27

    Al27 New Member

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    I hadn’t heard of ipvc, that sounds like the stuff I’m looking for. Now where to find it.

    I like the idea of scavenging from fluorescent fixtures, now I know to keep an eye out for those. :thumbsup:
     
  9. WntrMute2

    WntrMute2 AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Try eBay and search for mil-spec wire. John's Wire Shop aka Navships is a great supplier.
     
  10. triode17

    triode17 Super Member

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    But Belden brand wire, I think its the best. i buy it from Mouser.
     

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