Ric Moore wrote: > > Another consideration might be your meter box. Rarely attended to, they > need cleaning about every 8 years or so. That aluminum wiring from the > pole to your meter is probably crusty as heck with oxidation and then > weird stuff around the house starts happening ...usually you'll start > replacing light bulbs like a madman. In some locals the util co. will > clean it for you if you ask. They don't want your house to burn down > either. If it hasn't been cleaned in 10 years, it'll be real gnarly with > large knobs of oxidation on the connecting posts. Make SURE you insist > that the lineman puts paste on the wires. Some are just too lazy to do a > proper job. You cannot afford that. Be assertive. :) > One other problem with aluminum wire is that it expands/contracts much more then coper wire with temperature changes. This will loosen connections over time. 8 years is really too long to go between checks if you are using aluminum wire. (The do make some nice crimp-on lugs for aluminum wire.) A nasty aspect of the lugs loosing up is that this then generates more heat, and starts melting back the insulation. It also tends to burn up the lugs. Mikkel -- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for thou art crunchy and taste good with Ketchup!
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