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    I'm looking at some older homes to purchase for investments. Can you tell me about what year they stopped using aluminum wire? Insurance companies in my area will not insure homes with this type of wire. (for good reasons) This will help me to eliminate some of the many homes for sale in my area.

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    Aluminum conductors are still used today.

    What is the good reason why an insurance company would refuse to insure a house wired in aluminum wiring methods.

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    I couldn't tell you I'm a plumber. But they will not insure homes with aluminum wiring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwelectric View Post
    Aluminum conductors are still used today.

    What is the good reason why an insurance company would refuse to insure a house wired in aluminum wiring methods.
    Just looked this up, here you go.
    http://www.trulia.com/blog/nancyhump...g_in_your_home

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    Well that is strange as the thousands of homeowners here in NC are not having this problem.
    Most every service in this nation is aluminum does this mean that no one will be able to get insurance?

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    I'm not talking about the service. I'm aware that the services are aluminum. I was referring to the wiring beyond the service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnjh2o1 View Post
    I'm not talking about the service. I'm aware that the services are aluminum. I was referring to the wiring beyond the service.

    John
    So am I. I can go into the supply house in the morning and buy #12 aluminum wire and go install this wire in a home and it pass inspection. It will be just as safe as copper.

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    NEMA is aware of this problem ( the insurer-gone-wacko problem). Here is a podcast from May, 2011 http://podcast.nema.org/index.php?id=75
    So despite the fact that done correctly by qualified electrician, there is not a problem with aluminum, you have the problem of dealing with the insurance company. Until NEMA gets the laws fixed , try showing this podcast to the insurer and see what they say.

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    jimbo Thanks for your reply. There may not be any problem with aluminum wiring today, but I'm looking to buy some older homes for rental investments. I just don't need the added hassle of trying to insure them. I'm a retired plumber and I haven't seen any homes wired with aluminum in the past 30 years. When I was in the north east in the early sixty's there were some fires in my area that were attributed to aluminum wire. Not to long after that it was no longer used up there.

    John

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