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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: joe cervantes on December 26, 2009, 06:26 PM

Title: wire sizes
Post by: joe cervantes on December 26, 2009, 06:26 PM
does anyone know where there might be a chart with the size conversion of aluminum to copper? Thanks, Joe
Title: Re: wire sizes
Post by: bwaynef on December 26, 2009, 07:41 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_wire_gauge (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_wire_gauge)
Title: Re: wire sizes
Post by: Rick Moquin on December 26, 2009, 09:42 PM
mm     awg
1           19
1.5        16
2           14
2.5        12
3           11
3.5        9
4           8
4.5        7
5           6
6           3.5
Title: Re: wire sizes
Post by: bwaynef on December 26, 2009, 11:04 PM
Rick, your numbers are a little off from the chart posted at the link I gave.
Title: Re: wire sizes
Post by: bwaynef on December 27, 2009, 07:55 AM
After thinking about this one, i'm not sure I understood the question. 

Are you asking for a conversion from the AWG system to metric (mm), or are you asking for a strength comparison from copper (usually given as AWG) to a comparable aluminum size (usually given in mm).


The first I answered.  The second will take considerable more work I think.
Title: Re: wire sizes
Post by: Rick Moquin on December 27, 2009, 09:05 AM
Rick, your numbers are a little off from the chart posted at the link I gave.
Wayne,

I'm not sure where these numbers come from as it was a aluminium wire/copper wire comparison chart that I cut and pasted into a word document some years ago. For all I know it is a useful comparator. Why someone would need a comparator is beyond me as we use the size wire that does the job whether it be copper or aluminium.
Title: Re: wire sizes
Post by: dorothy schmitz on December 27, 2009, 09:28 AM

The first time I had to order copper wire I went by Jim Gremel's comparison chart to figure out what I approximately needed. It was very helpful.

http://www.jimgremel.com/copperwire2106.html (http://www.jimgremel.com/copperwire2106.html)

Best,
dorothy
Title: Re: wire sizes
Post by: joe cervantes on December 27, 2009, 11:04 AM
Thanks Wayne,Rick and Dorothy. The link Dorothy gave is just what I needed. I want to buy some copper wire but wasnt sure about what size I would need. I have only aluminum wire at present. 2.5 being the largest. I plan on doing some major bending(for me it is) on my Juniper Prostrata. New to bonsai, only 6 months so this will be another learning experience.Thanks for the replies.       Joe