In this video, This Old House master electrician Heath Eastman teaches host Kevin O’Connor about wire gauges and the applications for different size wires.
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Master electrician Heath Eastman gives host Kevin O’Connor a lesson on wire sizes. Heath displays different wire sizes, ranging from thin to thick. He explains how each wire type gets its name and gives Kevin some examples of what each wire might be used for.
Wire sizing can be confusing. AWG? Aught? 14/2 vs 14/3? What does it all mean? Master electrician Heath Eastman teaches host Kevin O’Connor what these sizes mean and what wires of different sizes are used for.
Where to find it?
Heath explains the range in electrical wire gauges and how they vary depending on the load needed for a specific appliance. Electric current has a limited capacity dependent on the size of the wire. Circuits are available in different voltage loads to provide the exact amount of electricity required for a particular appliance. The larger the wire, the more current it can carry, meaning large wires support heavier electrical loads and smaller wires support lower loads.
Electrical wire can be found at your local home improvement store.
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