Electrical Code for Wire Type and Size
How to Know What Wire Size and Type to use for Home Electrical Wiring – Continuing the circuit with the same wire size and type is essential to maintain the integrity of the circuit.
Electrical Wire Size
Electrical Question: Is it legal to start a circuit with AC 12-2 and then mid circuit change the cable type to NM 12-2?
- The AC 12-2 does not have a separate insulated ground conductor however it only has the bare aluminum bonding strip.
- Also, where would the ground for the NM cable bond?
This Electrical Wiring Question came from: Eric, a Homeowner from Fairfax, Virginia.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Eric.
How to Select the Right Size and Type of Electrical Wire
Maintaining Circuit Integrity
- Continuing the circuit with the same wire size and type is essential to maintain the integrity of the circuit.
- Bonding the circuit with any metal junction box using an approved grounding screw or method of attachment is required.
Wire Type Definitions In This Discussion
- AC Cable is Armored Cable, which is where individual wires are protected by a metal flex covering.
- NM Cable is Non-Metallic cable, which is where individual wires are protected by a plastic outer covering.
Components of Maintaining Circuit Integrity include Items within the Circuit that have the same Circuit Rating Factors, such as:
- Circuit Breaker
- Wire Size or Gauge
- Outer Wire Insulation Type
- Inner Wire Conductor Composition, Copper or Aluminum
- Wiring Junction Box or Enclosure
- Wiring Devices, Receptacle Outlet or Switch
The Dangers of Not Maintaining Electrical Circuit Integrity include:
- Circuit component overheating
- Combustion and Fire Danger
- Damage to devices connected to the circuit
- Damage to the building structure and personal property
- Electrical shock which can be fatal
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