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# Thread: Double 14AWG wiring gauge

1. ## Double 14AWG wiring gauge

Two 14's double up = how many gauge.
12 gauge or 11 gauge.

This is not for electrical.....
I'm need to buy a crimp connector sleeve and need to determine it based on a doubled up 14awg

2. There is no cross reference. You'd have to use the tables in the back of the NEC to get the actual diameter of the conductors.

3.  Gauge Inches (decimal) Inches (fractional) Millimeters 20 .032 approx. 1/32" .812 18 .040 > 1/32" 1.024 16 .051 < 1/16" 1.291 14 .064 approx. 1/16" 1.628 12 .081 > 1/16" 2.053 10 .102 < 1/8" 2.588 8 .128 approx. 1/8" 3.264 6 .162 > 1/8" 4.115 4 .204 < 1/4" 5.189 2 .258 approx 1/4" 6.544

4. Very handy chart, can you get a few more larger sizes under the 2?

5. How does that translate to combined. For example, I know the quad 16ag I use, the combined dual 16's = 13AWG

6.  0 0.325 5/16" 8.251 00 0.365 approx. 3/8" 9.266 000 0.41 7/16" 11.11 0000 0.5 1/2" 12.71 9/16" 0.563 9/16" 14.287 5/8" 0.63 5/8" 15.875 3/4" 0.75 3/4" 19.05 7/8" 0.875 7/8" 22.225 1" 1 1" 25.4

7. Originally Posted by chefwong
How does that translate to combined. For example, I know the quad 16ag I use, the combined dual 16's = 13AWG
Don't know, but it seems like two 16g (each 0.051") would need an opening twice that, or a 10g capability (0.102").

8. Originally Posted by chefwong
Two 14's double up = how many gauge.
12 gauge or 11 gauge.

This is not for electrical.....
I'm need to buy a crimp connector sleeve and need to determine it based on a doubled up 14awg
If it's not for electrical application, then you are using this to do what, hang a picture?
Two conductors twisted and fastened d to a crimp type connector? Just twist them and measure the OD and pick from Jim's chart?

9. Just making fancy speaker connections with my WBT crimp sleeves....

Don't start the bare copper vs. connector debate ;-/

10. Originally Posted by chefwong
Just making fancy speaker connections with my WBT crimp sleeves....

Don't start the bare copper vs. connector debate ;-/
Why would you want to parallel conductors for speakers? This is a very bad idea due to the resistance of the conductors that will have an effect on the amp.

I always use stranded conductors for speakers due to eddie currents and would never for any reason install parallel conductors for any type of sound system.

What size amp are you using? It must be big in order to use #14 AWG conductors.

11. One may notice from that code quote on big conductors that a 50% increase in size brings only a 15% increase in conductivity. Is this the flow of electrons on the perimeter of the cable factor?

Seems like the parallel cables would give more heat dispersing area...

12. Originally Posted by ballvalve
One may notice from that code quote on big conductors that a 50% increase in size brings only a 15% increase in conductivity. Is this the flow of electrons on the perimeter of the cable factor?

Seems like the parallel cables would give more heat dispersing area...

In theory X 2 or 100% increase would give the wire 1/2 of the resistance and 1/2 of the voltage drop for the same length wire run.

1/2 of the voltage drop would produce less heat, but there are a lot of other factors that affect wire temperature.

When it comes to Audio and Paralleling speaker wires, Phasing is important.

1 speaker can cancel the sound of another if not properly phased.

I guess chefwong is hanging speakers with this wire, as he said "This is not for electrical....."

13. Originally Posted by ballvalve
One may notice from that code quote on big conductors that a 50% increase in size brings only a 15% increase in conductivity. Is this the flow of electrons on the perimeter of the cable factor?

Seems like the parallel cables would give more heat dispersing area...
Skin effect has some factor. Basic rule of thumb. Copper is good for 1,000 amperes per 1" square cross section. Aluminum is 700 amperes per 1" cross section.

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