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Home With Aluminum Wires

Re-wire the electrical system of your home

Even though expensive, it is the safest solution to the problem. If you replace aluminum wires with copper ones, you will ensure the safety of the electrical devices as well as the lighting fixtures of your home. But, it is essential to hire a licensed electrician for the job. It is because he will have the required skill of replacing the original wires with minimum damage to the drywall.

Opt for aluminum compatible devices

If you do not want to re-wire the electrical system of your home, there is an inexpensive solution for you. You can replace the receptacles, switches and wire connectors with ones that have CO/ALR or AL-CU marking. When you opt for electrical devices that are compatible with aluminum wires, you will be able to take care of issues such as corrosion and expansion/contraction of the metal.

The method is inexpensive but it doesn’t offer a comprehensive solution to the problem. It is because it focuses on the electrical devices only and not on lighting fixtures.

Choose the “pigtailing” method

Instead of using CO/ALR or AL-CU electrical devices, the electrician can opt for a method called “pigtailing”. It involves splicing one end of the copper pigtail to the original wire. The other end of the wire is connected to the existing electrical device. Electrical Safety Authority approves wire connectors safe for the “pigtailing” method. So, ensure that the electrician uses them and doesn’t opt for cheap wire connectors.