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ALUMINUM WIRING HAZARDS & REPAIRS
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Field reports & photos of aluminum electrical wiring failures, overheats, fires: this article contains photo-documented reports of actual in-service aluminum wiring failures in homes. I have been receiving reports from home owners, builders, and building professionals since 1990. However this page was created in July 2004, so it will not contain all of the historical data. Recent reports, photographs, anecdotes are be displayed here. When I complete statistical analysis of prior reports I'll add that data at this page.
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Whoever wired the previous unit must have had some Al wire around but not quite enough to reach the unit, so they used a junction box to connect Al and Cu wire. Fortunately, the so-called technicians used a steel box otherwise the house could have burned down. This was the only aluminum wiring I have found thus far but I'm not done inspecting yet."-- J.F. 6/30/2004 DF-note: see also this lab photograph of an overheating twist-on connector to show the overheat mechanism in the case above
Contributor - Gordon Cohen: These thermal imaging photos of overheating aluminum splices and circuit breakers with aluminum wiring are courtesy of Gordon Cohen, June 2006. Mr. Gordon offers home inspections and thermal imaging services in Florida and is also employed by ServiceMaster as a project manager. Email: Infraredinspections@cfl.rr.com
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