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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!


Happy New Year From Wire & Cable Your Way!

The entire Wire & Cable Your Way team wishes all of our customers and vendors a happy 2019!!

We give deep thanks to all of our customers for your trust & faith in us, as well as our vendors for providing us with top-notch products and quality service. 2018 was a year of fantastic growth and we couldn't have done it without you all!

We are looking forward to building together with each and every one of you in 2019!


Wire & Cable Your Way



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

Order Fiber Optic Cables Online Now!

We are proud to announce that Wire & Cable Your Way now carries a large selection of fiber optic cables from Prysmian Group, a worldwide leader in optical cable. Our fiber optic cable selection features:

  • indoor, outdoor, and indoor/outdoor ratings,

  • single mode and multimode,

  • 2, 6, 12, 24, and 48 strand.

Browse our new Fiber Cable selection:

  Indoor Fiber Optic Cable

  Indoor Interlock Armor Fiber Optic Cable

  Indoor Interconnect Fiber Zipcord

  Indoor/Outdoor Fiber Optic Cable

  Indoor/Outdoor Dry Loose Tube Fiber Optic Cable

  Micro Fiber Interconnect Fiber Optic Cable

How Our Customers are Using SER Cable

service entrance to an external structure
Hey everyone, Willie the Wire Guy here. Lately, I’ve been keeping in touch with a number of our customers who have purchased wire and cable products for a couple of reasons: (1) to make sure they’re satisfied with their wire and cable, and (2) out of curiosity—to see how our products are being used. I’ve received awesome feedback, and I’m glad to see that people find our wire and cable performs at a high level.

It’s also been great to see the kinds of projects people are undertaking that have made them need our products in the first place. I thought it’d be a good idea to share this information for anyone who might be tackling a similar electrical project so that they can learn what type of wire others are using. Today, we’re going to focus on our Aluminum Service Entrance Cable with reinforcement tape (or SER Cable) and how Wire & Cable To Go buyers are putting it to use.

Using SER Cable to Feed Distribution and Sub-Panels

Predominantly, people are using our Aluminum SER Cable as it’s generally intended—to carry power from a service drop to the electronic meter base, and from that meter base to the distribution panel. More specifically, many customers are using our SER as a service entrance feeder cable from utility poles to their sub-panels when distributing power to an area outside the home (like a detached garage). SER is a perfect cable for feeding power to your sub-panel, and, depending on the amount of amps their sub-panels are handling (we’ve seen everywhere from 50 amp to 200 amp sub-panels being serviced), our customers are using all sizes of SER as a sub-panel feeder. What’s important to keep in mind when wiring a sub-panel on a structure separate from the home is that the sub-panel will need to be grounded. For this reason, all of our SER cable comes with ground included.

Many external structures that require significant power to function can utilize SER in their electrical distribution. Just a few that we’ve seen our customers build and service are:

  • external garages

  • pole barns

  • heavy-duty workshops

  • pool houses

  • green houses

We’ve seen each of these projects employ Aluminum SER cable as a service entrance, but it’s important to understand that SER is only suitable as an above-ground service entrance cable. For direct burial aluminum cable for underground distribution, please take a look at our selection of Aluminum URD Wire, or visit our direct burial cable archive.

While SER is mostly used for much the same purposes across the board—distributing power from the main power supply to a subsidiary structure—it’s been interesting to hear of the unique things people have been powering on their property with our Aluminum Service Entrance cable. We will continue to profile how our customers are using different types of wire and cable in the future, so be sure to look out for our next installment!

If you have an upcoming project and are considering Aluminum SER Cable we do recommend consulting with a local electrician who is up to date on all codes and who can also advise on the correct size.

We offer Aluminum SER Wire in sizes 6 AWG - 4/0 and can cut to any length you need!

Please click here to view our entire Aluminum SER selection>>

Feel free to give us a call at 855-880-8010 if you have any questions!

Thanks for stopping by!

Your pal,

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

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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.

First, let’s take note of the similarities: each of these multi-conductor power cables can be used in a variety of applications that require wiring with superior flexibility and durability such as portable tools and equipment, portable appliances, small motors, and associated machinery.

Types of SO portable cord & their unique properties


The most popular SO cord, these portable cords have a flexible thermoset rubber jacket, making them known for their abrasion resistance and heat resistance, while maintaining cost effectiveness.



S for Service

OO for Oil-resistant insulation and Oil-resistant jacket

W for Weather and Water resistance.

Rated to: 600 Volts
Temp. Range: -40 to 90ºC
Size: 18 to 2 AWG
Conductors: 2 to 40 Conductors


Same as SOOW but the J is for Junior—a Junior cable is rated to 300V rather than 600V.



Rated to: 300 Volts
Temp. Range: -40 to 90ºC
Size: 18 to 10 AWG
Conductors: 2 to 4 Conductors

soow portable cord







The thermoplastic elastomer jacket is what sets this SEOOW family apart from the SOOW & SJOOW portable cords. This thermoplastic contains chemical resistance characteristics of PVC & flexible properties of rubber.

In more general terms the SEOOW is a high-quality flexible cord engineered with plastic characteristics and rubber jacketed material while the SOOW counterpart is only made up of a rubber jacket. The SEOOW is also more resistant to water than SOOW and can be used at lower temperatures—the SEOOW temperature range is –50ºC to 105ºC.



S for Service

E for Thermoplastic Elastomer

OO for Oil-resistant insulation and Oil-resistant jacket

W for Weather and Water resistance.

Rated to: 600 Volts
Temp. Range: -50 to 105ºC
Size: 18 to 2 AWG
Conductors: 2 to 5 Conductors


Same as SEOOW but the J is for Junior—a Junior cable is rated to 300V rather than 600V.




Rated to: 300 Volts
Temp. Range: -50 to 105ºC
Size: 18 to 10 AWG
Conductors: 2 to 4 Conductors








These cords have similar resistant properties as the SOOW and the SEOOW, thought not to the same extent. The STOW and SJTOW also have a thermoplastic jacket, making them the least flexible of the SO portable cords. However, they work great for consumer applications, portable lights and power extensions.



S for Service

T for Thermoplastic

O for Oil-resistant jacket

W for Weather and Water resistance.

Rated to: 600 Volts
Temp. Range: -40 to 60ºC
Size: 18 to 10 AWG
Conductors: 2 to 4 Conductors


Same as STO but the J is for Junior—a Junior cable is rated to 300V rather than 600V.




Rated to: 300 Volts
Temp. Range: -20 to 60ºC
Size: 18 to 10 AWG
Conductors: 2 to 5 Conductors








The across-the-board durability and versatility of the SO cord is what make it the most popular electrical cord on the market for consumers. Depending on your specific portable cord needs—flexibility, temperature resistance, affordability—there is an SO cord that will do the job.

Wire & Cable to Run 100 AMP Outdoor Service to Shed


Are you looking for wire & cable to run 100 amp outdoor service to your shed?

If so, Wire And Cable Your Way has a few excellent options.

Our customer, Marvin for example, who sent in the above photo of his wire installation, used #2 AWG THHN Copper Building Wire for 100 amp outdoor service to his shed. Martin was running over 100' of wire for the connect.

Click here to view pricing and specs on #2 THHN Copper Building Wire >>

Depending of the length of the run, many customers also decide on #3 AWG THHN Copper Building Wire to run 100 amp outdoor service.

Click here to view pricing and specs on #3 THHN Copper Building Wire >>

If you are looking for Aluminum, we have a great variety of Aluminum Building Wire to choose from as well.

We have a wide selection of underground aluminum secondary distribution cable which is multi-conductor & used for direct burial.

Click here to view pricing and specs on our entire Aluminum Underground Secondary Distribution Cable category >>

We also offer single conductor XHHW-2 Aluminum Building Wire.

Our most popular aluminum wire for 100 amps service would be our #2 AWG XHHW-2 Aluminum Building Wire & our #1 AWG XHHW-2 Aluminum Building Wire

Click here to view pricing and specs on our XHHW-2 Aluminum Building Wire

Wire And Cable Your Way always recommends consulting with a local electrician before you make a purchase. Based on the length of the run and your environment they will provide important feedback.

We cut all of these wires and cables by the foot with no extra charge, allowing our customers to choose the exact length they need for the installation.

If you have any questions please call 855-880-8010

Thanks for stopping by!

Your Pal!

Lapp Cable – Flexible Control & Tray Cable


Happy New Year Everyone!

Do you have an upcoming project that requires a flexible control cable and/or tray cable?

If so, we recommend checking out our ÖLFLEX® Wire category made by LAPP Cable. LAPP Cable manufactures high-quality cables designed for flexible applications & equipment. We currently are offering ÖLFLEX® 190 cables and ÖLFLEX® TRAY II cable.

ÖLFLEX® 190 Cable

ÖLFLEX® 190 is a multi-conductor cable with a highly oil-, coolant-, and solvent-resistant PVC jacket for control and power applications in an industrial environment. It is designed for use in all electrical equipment under dry, damp, and wet conditions. ÖLFLEX® 190 CY is a shielded version for EMI and RFI protection.



ÖLFLEX® TRAY II is an industrial grade tray cable with superior oil performance for long cable life. It has a pressure-extruded jacket and fine copper stranding for excellent flexibility, making it much easier to pull through tray. With UL TC-ER approval, no conduit is needed so you can reduce material costs along with saving on labor.


If you are looking for a certain Lapp Cable but can't locate it on our site please call us at 855-880-8010.

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!


PS - please take a look at this fun video below of a robot made up of Lapp cable shooting a basketball!






Choosing between THHN & XHHW wire


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:



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

  • Temperature rating: 90ºC in dry locations


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


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 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.



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.



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 XHHW-2