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What so you guys use for your services? I guess I use copper as an old habit, but to be competitive I might start using aluminum. Help keep the costs down. And why would you use one over the other?
 

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I use aluminum because there is absolutely no reason to use copper.

Once in a blue moon I will get a customer who asks for copper, so I happily sell it to them with a huge markup.
Pretty much sums it up. :yes:

I haven't used CU for a service in recent memory.
 

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What kinda logic is that? It may come through four hundred miles of aluminum to reach your house, but if those last 15 feet ain't copper then it's all down-hill. :no:
Jezze, no kidding, I have an overhead service, of course the last 15' are down hill. What an idiot. :laughing:
 

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I only use tin-coated copper. Regular copper is for casuals and fake electricians. Aluminum is just hacky.
 

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Always AL. I live in the land of SE cable and it's 99.9% aluminum. On those rare occasions you see a PVC service on a house, it's usually AL wire in those too.
 

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You can't even get aluminum here in SoCal. All the supply houses only carry copper. I'd use aluminum if it was readily available.
 

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What's the going rates if your guys areas for 200 amp upgrade, 40/40 panel with about 30 circuits? Basic service, nothing crazy with meter/main dissconnects.
 

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djcubinlinx said:
what's the going rates if your guys areas for 200 amp upgrade, 40/40 panel with about 30 circuits? Basic service, nothing crazy with meter/main dissconnects.
$2300.
 
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