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Difference Between Plenum (CMP) Rated Cable & Riser (CMR) Rated Cable

What is the difference between plenum rated cable & riser rated cables?

Many customers ask, "What is the difference between plenum rated cable & riser rated cables?"

Plenum Cable

Plenum rated cables are used in plenum areas meant for use in commercial and residential spaces.  These plenum spaces are located in the space between the ceiling and the floor above it (drop ceiling) creating pathways for heated/air conditioned or return air flows.

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What’s the Difference Between SOOW, SEOOW, and STOW Portable Cord?

What’s the Difference Between SOOW, SEOOW, and STOW Portable Cord?

And what does the J in SJOOW, SJEOOW and SJTOW mean?

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Buying flexible portable cord can be a confusing process—the existence of several different types of SO cord makes it hard to choose the right one. To help anyone going through this process, we’ve compiled a quick cheat sheet to explain the differences between them.

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Belden 8467 Equal – 18 Gauge 7 Conductor Communication & Control Cable

Does your job require an 18 gauge 7 conductor unshielded communication & control cable?

If so, Wire & Cable To Go has this type of cable (shown above) and may other communication & control cables in stock!

These low voltage UL listed cables come in a gray jacket with fully annealed stranded tinned copper. We have several different types of shielded and unshielded low voltage cables available in 500′ of 1000′ spools.

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Need Multiple Cuts of Electrical Wire & Cable by the Foot?

Do you have an upcoming project that requires A LOT of cuts of wire & cable?

If so, please know Wire & Cable Your Way has the ability to facilitate BIG CUT JOBS at little to no extra cost.  Whether its 10 cuts or 100s of cuts, we have the machinery to execute orders in a precise and timely manner.

Many of our customers look to us for cut jobs as a way to save them on time and money normally spent on manual labor.

Some of the top items our customers purchase for multiple cuts are portable cords like SOOW & SJOOW and building wire like THHN/THWN-2 & MC Cable.

There are certain smaller items only offered by the spool that we don't have the ability to cut to length.

If you have an upcoming job and need it by a certain date feel free to give us a call at 855-880-8010 and let us know all the details so we can get it cut & delivered on time.

You can also click here to view our entire product listing.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

-Willie

The Opening of Our New West Coast Office


Wire & Cable Your Way would like to announce the opening of our new West Coast Sales Office in Santa Monica, CA. This is an exciting time of growth for our company, and this expansion is affirmation that we are doing good work.


If you find yourself in the Santa Monica area, please give us a call to drop in and say hello!


In addition to our Illinois corporate HQ & shipping portals in all regions of the USA, we are well equipped to fulfill our customers' orders in a fast & timely manner.

If you ever have any questions about our service or products please feel free to give us a call @ 855-880-8010
 

West Coast Sales Office:


Wire And Cable Your Way
1431 7th Street Suites #204-205
Santa Monica, CA 90401


Choosing between THHN & XHHW wire

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Weighing the differences between THHN/THWN-2 & XHHW/XHHW-2 building wire


When it comes to building wire, two of the most common and popular choices for electricians, engineers & homeowners are THHN and XHHW (or the newer and improved THWN/THWN-2 and XHHW-2). These cables come in both copper and aluminum, can have solid or stranded conductors, and are mainly used for power distribution up to 600 volts in the construction of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.

While these two wire types are very similar and often interchangeable in their application, the differences are important to know in order to make the smartest decision when making a building wire purchase.


Wire Jacket & Insulation


The main difference between XHHW/XHHW-2 and THHN/THWN-2 is in the wire’s jacket. The different letters in names denote particular properties of each cable, and each provides the cable with varying levels of insulation:

 












THHN


T for Thermoplastic
HH for High Heat-Resistant, and
N for Nylon Coated

  • Temperature rating: 90ºC in dry locations



XHHW


X for Cross-Linked Polyethylene (XLPE)
HH for High Heat-Resistant, and
W for Water Resistant

  • Temperature rating: 90ºC in dry, 75ºC in wet locations



THWN or THWN-2


for Thermoplastic
for Heat and
W for Water Resistant, and
N for Nylon Coated.

  • THWN temperature rating: 90ºC in dry, 75ºC in wet locations

  • THWN-2 temperature rating: 90ºC in both dry and wet locations



XHHW-2


XHHW-2 has the same properties as XHHW, but the "-2" denotes improved insulation.

  • XHHW-2 temperature rating: 90ºC in both dry and wet locations


 

 

 


The jackets on the THHN family are thinner than those of XHHW wires. This means that,
while more THHN can be fit into a raceway or fed through a conduit, its jacket doesn’t offer as much protection as the XHHW jacket—XHHW’s jacket coating is more resistant to chemicals, ozone and abrasions while THHN’s thin coating can lead to current leakage and can break down from chemical or environmental exposure, emitting a toxic smoke when burned.

 

Flexibility


Even though its jacket is thicker and more protective, XHHW is also more flexible than THHN wire. The XLPE insulation of the XHHW allows the cable to bend and flex better than the THHN’s PVC insulation—so XHHW is much easier to work with during the installation process.

 

Price


When comparing the price of the two wires, the equivalent gauge of XHHW costs somewhere between 5-20% more than its THHN counterpart.

 

Final Verdict


At the end of the day, the decision between using XHHW or THHN in their next project comes down to weighing performance versus budget. On one hand, THHN is the more popular cable with our customers and many would say it’s perfectly sufficient for what they need. On the other hand, XHHW has the features to provide increased efficiency and extended longevity.

Both cables are incredibly popular, each with unique characteristics that are advantageous in certain environments. The choice between the two really just boils down to the project at hand and the budget with which you have to work.

 




 

At Wire & Cable Your Way, we sell many sizes of THHN/THWN-2 & XHHW/XHHW-2 building wire with a wide range of colored jackets and sold either cut-by-the-foot or in spools. Follow the links below to check out our selection.









Shop THHN/THWN-2




Shop XHHW-2



 
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