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  • What is the AWG rating of electrical wire?

  • Typical household wiring is AWG number 12 or 14. Telephone wire is typical AWG 22, 24, or 26. The table below indicates the current ratings of PVC-insulated single and multicore wiring cables. Be aware that the current load depends on installation method 鈥?the enclosure 鈥?and how well the resistance heat is removed from the cable.

  • What is AWG (AWG)?

  • AWG is sometimes also known as Brown and Sharpe (BS) Wire Gauge. The AWG table below is for a single, solid, round conductor. Because of the small gaps between the strands in a stranded wire, a stranded wire with the same current-carrying capacity and electrical resistance as a solid wire, always have a slightly larger overall diameter.

  • What is the smallest AWG size?

  • The smallest AWG size is 40 and the largest is 0000 (4/0). AWG general rules of thumb – for every 6 gauge decrease, the wire diameter doubles and for every 3 gauge decrease, the cross sectional area doubles. Note – WM Wire Gauge, US Steel Wire Gauge and Music Wire Gauge are different systems.

  • What is the difference between AWG and metric gauge?

  • Note that in AWG the diameter goes up as the gauge goes down, but for metric gauges it is the opposite. Probably because of this confusion, most of the time metric sized wire is specified in millimeters rather than metric gauges. Definition: ampacity is the current carrying capability of a wire.

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