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Hi everyone, Is it true up in Canada that 6/3 solid aluminum wire is still being sold? https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.e...000663706.html

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Railroads; And don`t take 110 elect. cord with ground pins up there, They don`t have outlets for them. I found this to be true in the campgrounds. They do sell adapters. Roger Weinhold AKA Charlie 1925
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Default Re: 6/3 Solid Aluminum Wire?

I think there is a mistake in the Home Depot listing - the description reads in part; "Superior electrical cable with copper electrical wire for residential electrical wiring projects. 6 AWG Romex SIMpull NMD90 with Freeze Flex includes 3 copper conductors and one ground wire."
Aluminum household wiring is not commonly used here.

You find ungrounded receptacles in very old houses sometimes. The campground mentioned was risking being shut down if the authorities discovered the unsafe receptacles in commercial use.

Canadian electrical codes are very strict.
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"Superior" might in fact be a brand name, not an indicator of characteristics.
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Hmm, Someone told me the 2 prong to 3 prong adaptors are outlawed in Canada? Your electrical codes are very similar to ours here in the states.

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I believe that they still sell those here in the States, don't they? Just have to 1) verify that the center screw is indeed grounded, and 2) actually use the center screw with the adapter.
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Ya. Codes are quite interchangeble in Canada/ U.S. Any campground with 2 prong outlets is from the 60's. As to Aluminium wire, it can be used for underground and entrances, but not in the building. They allowed it's use back in the 70's but problems arose.
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Keith, Yes, Those adaptors are still widely available here in the states. There are still houses with only 2 wire outlets and thus they are a required.

Oldtech, The same happened here with the Ally cable. It was introduced in 1965 and was withdrawn in 1975 or thereabouts. Although stocks of it were still used into the 1980's or thereabouts till all of the Ally cable was used up.

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I keep several of those 2 prong to 3 prong adaptors on hand for when I might need them. I don't worry about grounding them. There's lots of 2 prong extension cords currently being sold out there so grounding can't be that important. I've never had an issue with grounding anyway, except when winter road salt on a block heater plug would cause a GFI circuit breaker to trip. Placing an ungrounded 2 prong to 3 prong adapter in line with the block heater cord would solve that problem.

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