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Vince_B

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Could someone tell me which is a better deal...

Unknown brand 12 AWG, 250 feet, 1 copper and 1 silver wires, $60 from Fry's.

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RCA High-Performance, 14 AWG, 200 feet, 2 copper wires, 100% oxygen-free, much thicker insulation, $70 from Home Depot.
 

John Garcia

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Get the Home Depot wire. I've seen the other stuff corrode rather quickly because of the clear PVC jacket. 14 ga. will be plenty for most applications. Home Depot should also have similar 12 ga. as well.
 

Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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If you’re talking about the copper turning green, that’s not corrosion. It’s just a chemical reaction between the PVC jacket and the copper. It dues not go beyond the wire’s surface.

It is disconcerting, though, not to mention really crappy-looking. Enough to make me go for the other wire, just for that.

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Wayne A. Pflughaupt
 

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