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Old 10-08-2009, 11:24 AM   #1
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12 v wire ???

It is getting cold !!! first layer of insulation is almost done in the walls ... my question is can I use solid wire instead of stranded ??? for 12v I have a roll of 12 gauge solid I could use but I dont want to if there are any disadvantages other than solid being harder to work with....
please advise ... thanks in advance stain ps ...I will post pictures and update my blog soon but I have lost my camera and racing the cold weather!!!! winter is coming soon here
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Old 10-08-2009, 11:50 AM   #2
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It is better to use stranded for all applications that could be subject to vibration, including the 110 VAC, even though solid is the most commonly used.
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It is getting cold !!! first layer of insulation is almost done in the walls ... my question is can I use solid wire instead of stranded ??? for 12v I have a roll of 12 gauge solid I could use but I dont want to if there are any disadvantages other than solid being harder to work with....
please advise ... thanks in advance stain ps ...I will post pictures and update my blog soon but I have lost my camera and racing the cold weather!!!! winter is coming soon here
Stranded. The finer the better.
In Aviation it is mandatory for a good reason. Vibration resistance.
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thanks for all the help!!! back to work!!!! or play ????....
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Believe it or not electricity travels on the outside of the wire not down the center.

Stranded has a lot more surface area and can carry more current over a same size solid wire. And like others more vibration resistant.
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