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How To Feed Electricity Into A Mobile Home


Cables and wires make up the delivery system for electricity in your mobile home. These wires usually run from the fuse box or main breaker panel to fixtures and appliances both indoors and outdoors and must therefore be installed appropriately and correctly sized so as to ensure you have a constant supply of electricity in a safe and secure manner, this also ensures that your home can pass an electrical inspection.

It is worth noting from the onset that NEC (National Electrical Code) and local building codes usually regulate the types of wires and cables which can be used in specific electrical applications as well as the way and manner in which the installation should be done. Here are some more factors you need to take into consideration when shopping for a mobile home feeder cable, they include but are not limited to the following:

Check the cable type. Most cables will be labeled NM-B: this is by far the most common form of both indoor and outdoor residential electrical wiring. NM stands for non- metallic and does refer to the flexible PVC sheathing that surrounds the cable. The B rating usually represents a heating rating of 194 F, ensuring that these wires can operate in certain levels without melting or overheating the insulation.

But cables used for mobile home feeders are not NM-B because they cannot be buried underground, in plaster or underground. UF (Underground Feeder) cables are the most ideal for mobile home feeders since they are rated for damp area and in-ground installation.

It is also important to check on the gauge of the cable, this is usually the gauge of the individual wires which are inside the cable and can be figures such as 10, 12 14 etc. Another important factor worth considering is the number of wires, this is usually written after the gauge, and for example 14/2 or 14-2 does indicate that there are two 14 gauge wires in the cable.

It is also important to check on the voltage rating. For a residential home, the most appropriate voltage is 600 volts: this does indicate the maximum voltage the wire can safely carry. It should be noted that the number can vary from one cable to the other and it is therefore important to verify this prior to making a purchase.

Lastly, if you want a grounded cable, look out for the letter G or the word GROUND: this does indicate the presence of a ground wire. A good cable will also have the initials UL (underwriters’ laboratories) this indicates that the cable is safety certified and approved.

1) Product Name: 2/2 - 4/6 Aluminum MHF Wire (By –the - Foot)

Product Price: $ 1.79 per feet

Product URL: http://is.gd/XJs3YK

Product Details: this is an underground service entry cable is normally used for powering mobile homes to a source of electricity. It is ideal for direct burial use when the temperatures do not exceed the 90 degrees centigrade. The aluminum conductors are normally constructed using 4 AlumaFlex AA-8000 series, type RHW-2, RHH or USE-2. Can handle 600 Volts and is available in 100, 150 and 200 ampere ratings. Eliminates the need to do any field marking and are CSA certified and UL listed

2) Product Name: Southwire 500ft Aluminum Cable (4/0- 4/0-4/0-2/0 USE MHF)

Product Price: $ 1664.00

Product URL: http://is.gd/XF0Tjr

Product Details: with a voltage rating of 600V, this service cable (MHF)can be used the connection between pedestal mounted or pole equipments and the home . Fitted with polyethylene insulation which provides adequate resistance against abrasion, moisture, sunlight and heat, this Type RHH, USE or RHW-2 conductors can be used as conduits as clearly specified in NEC 1 ratings. It is Rated up to 194 F, this cable does accommodate use as an entrance cable for underground service use in those direct burial applications when the cable is used as type- USE.

3) Product Name: 4 Aluminum Home Feeder Southwire 500ft Aluminum Cable (4/0- 4/0-2/0)

Product Price: $ 1415.00

Product URL: http://is.gd/bGZUrs

Product Details: this is a service entry electrical cable that's made from aluminum conductors which have cross linked, black polyethylene insulation which is sunlight, heat and moisture resistant. It is ideal for use as an entrance cable which can be run underground and fitted for direct burial conduction. It should be used in temperatures of up to 90 C or 194 F. it is made from white striped, triple extruded neutral conductor and one green grounding which helps in the elimination of field marking.

4) Product Name: 800 ft 10 Gauge Bare Copper Grounding Wire

Product Price: $ 164.00

Product URL: http://is.gd/2WCr1s

Product Details: this wire is ideal for use in both outdoor and indoor situations. The wire is further soft tempered for flexibility and has a maximum voltage of 600 volts. The wire is also UL and CSA listed so at to ensure its safety.



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