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post #15 of Old 06-01-2008
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BTW, one issue with tinned wire is availability of plain duplex tinned marine wire. Most marine/tinned wire out there is jacketed primary (a few separate wires in a single common cover). It is great and I use it wherever I can and wherever appropriate (lockers, bilges, outside runs, engine compartment etc) In my last project rewiring the boat I had a number of locations where flat "ribbon" duplex was needed due to clearance limit (basically squeezed between liner and something else etc). There is one size of this wire that Anchor makes (16 gauge I believe) and I could only find it mail order in a very few stores. So, it isn't particularly surprising that when faced with adding a run of wire somewhere where jacketed marine wire does not fit or simply an overkill, owner would use home-depot quality wiring.
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