Power and the RA82
Curt @ Atari Museum
curt at atarimuseum.com
Tue Jul 12 11:50:44 CDT 2005
I assume because its such a soft metal. I wonder what the max
load/heat threshold on 12guage Aluminum vs Copper would be
Dwight K. Elvey wrote:
>>From: "William Donzelli" <aw288 at osfn.org>
>>>I shudder when I picture aluminum core wiring... I just have visions
>>>of it evaporating under load! :-)
>>I am not sure how old youor house is, but beware - lots in the town have
>>(or had) Al. Mine did (rather, I am still yanking it out).
>>One of the big problems with Aluminum is that it flows under pressure -
>>the pressure of a screw, for example. Tighten down a screw on a fixture,
>>and next year, you will probably be able to tighten a little more. Then
>>next year, a little more.
>>aw288 at osfn.org
> The other is that is oxidizes quickly when exposed to air.
>Getting loose and oxidizing make for a hot connection when
>current of any kind goes through it. Add some flammable
>material and you have a nice bond fire.
> What were they thinking?
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