Home Depot 12ga wire OK for in wall?

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  1. AaronG

    AaronG Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi Guys,

    I was wondering if the Home Depot 12ga speaker wire is ok for in wall wiring? If it isn't, what should I use?

    Thanks,

    Aaron
     
  2. Glenise

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    I read on another forum that the HD brand of speaker wires oxidizes.
    I bought this brand for my home theater.
    www.partsexpress.com
    Sound King oxygen free 12 guage speaker wire.
    100 feet for $29.00 on sale.
    This is what I ordered for $29.00 but it doesn't appear to be on sale right now.
    http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showd..._ID=2792&DID=7
    or just do a search for Sound King by vendor.
     
  3. KrisM

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    I would check with your local electrical codes. In wall wire has a different coating/cover than regular wire. I would hate to somebody have troubles with an insurance claim because of improper wiring.

    Regards

    KrisM
     
  4. Cam S

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    Yes, that wire is the properly UL (I think that's the aproval rating) aproved for in wall wiring. This stuff comes in green and the 14ga comes in blue, which is the stuff I got. Great wire, with a high strand count.
     
  5. Jayson klimek

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    look for a CL2 or CL3 rating on the cable, one or both of those are rated for in wall instalations. but double check with a pro before wasting your cash....
     
  6. Glenise

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    Darn it!

    I thought you were interested in 12 guage speaker wire from HD for your speakers!

    I did read wall wiring.

    Oh well.
     
  7. Cam S

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    Thanks Jayson for clearing the rating up, I guess I could have just looked at my wire. The 14ga blue wire from home depot is CL3 aproved. I didn't get mine from HD, but it's the same stuff.
     
  8. Leo

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    Don't know what your cost limits are but you can use JPS Labs Super Blue Theater wire. It's UL rate for in wall use. JPS Labs I have this wire and their JPS Labs HDTV 75ohm wire running throughout my room.
     
  9. Tim Kline

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    glad I found this post [​IMG]
    The speaker wire that I've been using is Monster XP .. I guess it's monster cable's standard spwaker cable... is this stuff ok for going in walls?
     
  10. Cam S

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    If the cable is rated for being used in the wall it wikll be UL rated and will be folowed by either a CL2 or CL3 rating.
     
  11. KrisM

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    Do any Canadians know if the UL ratings are good enough for us or do we also need a CSA rating as well? Just curious.

    Regards

    KrisM
     
  12. Roy Wallace

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    Hey Kris:
    I spoke to a guy at Home Depot in Edmonton, and he told me that their blue 14GA wire and the green 12GA was perfect for in wall use. He said it met all safety codes with no problem as long as it has that insulated jacket.
    I am using the 12GA myself for my new house, and find it very affordable at $0.92 per Meter. That's three feet for you Americans.[​IMG]
     
  13. Roy Wallace

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    I just tried to get on the Canadian Standards website:http://www.csa.ca/standards BUT the electrical page would not open!
    I bet there is lots of info there for HT enthusiasts...IF the page would only work!![​IMG]
    RW
     

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