Aluminum wiring was used extensively in homes throughout North America between the mid 1960's until the late 1970's, primarily due to the high cost of copper wiring at the time. If buying a homebuilt during this time period, there is a good chance that it contains aluminum wiring.But is aluminum wiring safe? The short answer is, yes. It is still in use in many applications even today, though not in residential branch circuits.
Did you know:"... Aluminum wiring in residential installations will operate as safely as any other type of wiring if the proper materials are used and it is installed as per the manufacturer's instructions and the Ontario Hydro Electrical Safety Code.”Home buyers and owners are finding that many insurance companies will not provide or renew insurance coverage on properties with aluminum wiring unless it is inspected by the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) of Ontario, and repaired or replaced as necessary to make it safe. A copy of the inspection certificate will often need to be provided to the insurer before the property can be insured. In some cases, the insurer will require replacement of the aluminum wiring with copper wiring, but this is rare and in most cases not necessary. Check with your insurance company for their requirements.
What’s Wrong with Aluminum Wiring? It is estimated that there are over 450,000 homes in Canada that are entirely wired with aluminum. Reported problems are mostly related to the overheating and failure of aluminum wiring terminations, sometimes resulting in a fire. Some studies have shown that homes with aluminum wiring are 55 times more likely to have existing firehazard conditions compared to homes with copper wire. Problems are due to aluminums tendency to expand and contract at a higher rate than copper, and to oxidize at termination points resulting in overheating and failure. As such, it is incompatible with devices designed for use with copper wiring. Older solid aluminum wire also had problems with a property called creep, which, over time, make the wire permanently deformed under load / no-load conditions resulting in terminations that can become loose, heat up or arch.
Symptoms that may indicate a problem with aluminum wiring include:• Flickering lights that cannot be traced to a failed bulb or other external cause• Switch plates and receptacles covers that are warped, discoloured or warm• A smell of hot burning plastic around switches and receptacles• Smoke or sparking around electrical devices or outlets• Plugs that do not work even when the circuits are energized• Unusual static from electronic equipment, such as, the radio, TV or computer• Circuit breakers or fuses that trip for no apparent reason.
The Good News:The good news is that because all the problems that occur with aluminum wiring occur at the devices and junction boxes, there is usually no need to rewire the house. The wire running through the walls is normally in good shape and does not need to be replaced. Problems that exist with aluminum wiring are typically found at termination points. An inspection by ESA involves the opening of all outlets (receptacles, switches, fixtures, appliance connections, and electrical panels) and visually inspecting terminations for signs of failure and overheating without actually removing or disturbing the devices or wiring. Signs of overheating include darkened or discoloured connections, melted insulation, melted device, etc.Where problems are found, the damaged aluminum conductor should be cut back to remove the damaged portion before necessary repairs are made.
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Holiday Charity Concert at Caesar's Windsor Dec 21/2014 to Benefit Chatham-Kent
Holiday Charity Concert at Caesar's Windsor Sunday Dec 21/14 Will Benefit Chatham-Kent
Chatham Outreach for Hunger and St. Clair College scholarship and bursary fund will be among the beneficiaries of a Holiday Charity Concert, Seighing Hunger, being held this Sunday December 21 at 8 P.M. at Caesar's Windsor Colosseum. The concert will feature big name, local and world renowned talent including The S'Aints Band. Proceeds from the tickets sales and an accompanying Holiday CD by the group, to be released soon, will benefit 2 Windsor causes as well as Chatham-Kent. Special guests include The Sinners choir and The Diplomats Drum and Bugle Corps.
Jeff Burrows one of the founding members of the S'Aints said the members are ecstatic about performing at a world-class venue such as Caesar's and having the perfect platform to present their spectacular holiday concert while raising funds for deserving charities in the area. The S'Aints is a philanthropic passion project. Driven by their love for music, the members were looking for something entertaining and community orientated to offer the communities of Windsor Essex and Chatham-Kent. The group, comprised of some of the finest players and personalities in the area, have made a name for themselves locally and worldwide. This project gives them an opportunity to record, collaborate and perform while helping the community and its charitable service groups. They have had three back to back sold out performances at the St. Clair Centre for Performing Arts in the past years.
The Concert is an Annual project that has become a Christmas tradition at St. Clair. According to Ron Sequin, vice-president of Global Education and Training Services at St. Clair, this Concert is one looked forward to by the entire St. Clair family, students, alumini, and staff. Blackburn Radio is funding the production of the S'Aint's CD and it can be purchased for $10.00 on iTunesthus ensuring that all proceed from the sales go to the intended charities. Tickets for the Event $20.00 for General Admission, $25.00 for reserved seating and $100.00 for VIP.
And do not forget the Entertainment taking place right here in Chatham-Kent. Be sure to attend the Musical, Legally Blonde, performed by the new Chatham-Kent Theatre Company, Opposite Town Productions at the Downtown Chatham Capitol Theatre. The energenic musical is based on the blockbuster movie of the same name, starring Reese Witherspoon. It will play December 18 -20 at 7 P.M. with a matinee on December 20. This new Theatre group will focus on local entertainment featuring the talents of the best and brightest students from across the municipality under the direction of local theatre professionals , Megan Nuttall and Rachel Schwartz. Don't miss it!
Also,this Saturday,December 20, St. Andrew Anglican Church is holding their Spectacular Christmas Concert, ' Bells Will Be Ringing" The evening will be featuring the St. Andrew Choir with guest choirs from Canada and the United States. We have attended some of their 'Saturday's at 7' evenings as well as the 180th Anniversary Concert and they were wonderful. Read my blog on the series.
These are just a few of the evenings planned for Chatham-Kent. Most of the churches and schools have Christmas Concerts planned. Attend and get into the spirit.
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