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Pitching in to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

As you know, much of Houston and southeastern Texas is still reeling from the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.

In the spirit of helping our neighbors in need, we're donating a percentage of all sales in the month of September to the American Red Cross. They're doing great work providing shelter, food, and supplies to the tens of thousands displaced by the storm. Here's more information for those who'd like to learn about the Red Cross' relief efforts.

If you're not in the market for any of our products at the moment but would still like to donate, please visit their website here.

Thanks for being the best customers in the world!


Which Cables Can Be Directly Buried?

"Can this cable be directly buried?"

We get asked this question all the time, so we've come up with an answer for everyone.

We often get questions about whether a certain cable qualifies as direct burial. We're always happy to answer these questions because we know it can get confusing - aside from a few cables (like UF-B and URD) that are always appropriate for direct burial, there are many, many more that are equipped with a sufficient jacket to be rated for direct burial.

To help customers find the right cable, we've added an entirely new section to our website. You can now find all cables rated for direct burial in one place!




Or take a look at some of our most popular direct burial cables:

UF-B Wire
UF-B Wire - 6 to 14 AWG, with both 2 & 3 conductors.
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URD Wire
URD Wire - 6 AWG to 1000 MCM. Triplex, Quadruplex, and single conductor.
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THHN-PVC Tray Cable
THHN-PVC Tray Cable - 18 AWG to 500 MCM.
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Veteran's Day

Wire & Cable Your Way

Wire & Cable Your Way would like to honor the brave men & women who have fought and served our country.   We would not be living in this free country if it weren't for you.  We are thankful and forever indebted.

God Bless You All.


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Price of #4 Bare Copper Wire

bare copper wire spools

Welcome to Wire And Cable Your Way, a leading e-commerce brand offering a wide selection of electrical wire & cable products by the foot.

Thousands of customers depend on us yearly for supply on bare copper for various commercial & residential jobs throughout the United States. Our extensive bare copper wire selection ranges in sizes of 500 MCM thru 14 AWG.

One of our most popular sizes is 4 AWG Bare Copper Wire. Typically used as grounding wire, our 4 gauge bare copper is unjacketed, soft drawn (hard drawn available by request), and is cut to foot allowing our customers to order the exact length they need.

4 AWG Bare Copper Wire Pricing

At Wire and Cable Your Way, our #4 Bare Copper Wire is currently offered in two types—Stranded or Solid—and is sold by the foot. Click on the either product below to purchase.


We can ship these items out the same day they're ordered with an expected arrival of 1-4 business days within the Continental USA.

If you happen to also need a stranded copper wire that is insulated with a jacket, we recommend taking a look at our THHN-THWN-2 category, which is a very common copper building wire. THHN/THWN-2 is covered in a PVC (polyvinyl chloride) insulation w/ a nylon jacket.



Have any questions or need more info?

Feel free to give call us at 855-880-8010 or send us an email here. We would love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by.

Your pal,

Wire & Cable Your Way is proud to reintroduce ourselves!

Dear Valued Customer:

The day is finally here, and we have OFFICIALLY become...

We are very excited for this transition and assure you nothing will change besides the name!

We promise to continue giving you the same great products and service all at the same great prices that you've come to expect. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for new items, because we're adding them all the time!

To celebrate this new beginning, we are offering 5% off all our products through the month of August!

All of us at Wire And Cable Your Way would like to express our gratitude for all your continued support and loyalty. We are convinced we have the greatest customers in the country!

If there is anything we can help with please don't ever hesitate to reach out to us.
We are here for you.

Thank you all very much,

Seth Harris
Wire and Cable Your Way

We've got some news to share


For almost 5 years now, we have strived to make buying wire and cable as easy and enjoyable as possible for our customers. At Wire And Cable Your Way, our team’s emphasis has been—and always will be—providing you with the best products at the best prices, cut and sold to whatever length you need. Just the way you like it.

We want our entire company, top to bottom, to truly represent what we do and what we believe. We are very excited to announce that, effective August 1, 2016, we are changing our name to Wire And Cable Your Way.

Nothing else will change. We are still the same great people selling the same great wire and cable at the same great prices you’ve come to expect.

We’re all about you, our loyal customers.

We’re planning some summer specials and new product offerings that we’re extremely excited to share, and we will continue to be your trusted online source for all you wire and cable needs.


Thanks for your continued support,

The Wire and Cable Your Way team




P.S. We'll be revealing our new logo on August 1 as well, so heads up!


UL 1007 & UL 1569 Hook-Up Wire Now Available!

Hello Wire And Cable Your Way Customers!

We are pleased to now offer UL 1007 & UL 1569 Hook-Up Wire.

You can choose from a multiple selection of colors in sizes 16AWG-22AWG.

Please click here to view our entire UL 1007 & UL 1569 Hook-Up Wire category.

UL 1007 Wire & UL 1569 Wire is a 300V rated tinned copper wire with a PVC jacket.  It is used for internal wiring of appliances and electronics.

If you are looking for a 600V Hook-Up Wire we offer a UL 1015.

Please click here to view our UL 1015 Wire category.

Please let us know if you cannot find any of the items you are looking for. Feel free to call us at 855-880-8010 or send us an email through our contact page

Thanks for stopping by!

Your pal,


Wire & Cable Glossary

What do the 'M' and 'C' in MC cable mean? What does XLPE cable stand for? Why is it called SOOW cable? Answers to these questions and more!scientists

The world of wire and cable has a language of its own, and even those with experience need a translator from time to time. Your old pal Willie knows this to be true, so I’ve compiled a cheat sheet on wire and cable nomenclature for you to reference.

First, we have a list of individual descriptors, each either made up of one or two letters. These can define what the cable is used for, what it’s made of, or what the cable can withstand––like heat resistance or voltage ratings. Often, a cable’s name will be some combination of two or more of the descriptors below.

The Components of Wire & Cable Nomenclature

E: thermoplastic elastomer
FF: flexible fixture
H: heat-resistant 75ºC
HH: high heat-resistant 90ºC
J: junior service, rated to 300 volts

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ML: motor lead wire
N: nylon coating
NM: non-metallic
O: oil-resistant jacket
OO: oil-resistant jacket and insulation
P: polyethylene coating
PV: photovoltaic
R: rubber-insulated
S: service cord
SE: service entrance
SR: silicone rubber insulation

[caption id="attachment_2155" align="alignright" width="250"]seoow cable SEOOW: Service cable w/ thermoplastic Elastomer, Oil-resistant jacket & Oil-resistant insulation, Weather-resistant[/caption]

T: thermoplastic
V: vinyl coating
VW: vertical wire
W: weather-resistant / water-resistant
W/G: with ground
X: cross-linked

If you’re looking for an explanation of a specific cable’s nomenclature, below is a list of popular cable types and what their names signify.

Wire & Cable Names and Explanations

DLO: Diesel Locomotive cable
HCF: Health Care Facilities wire
MC: Metal-Clad cable
MTW: Machine Tool Wire
NM-B: Non-Metallic Building wire
RHH: Rubber-insulated High Heat-resistant cable
RHW: Rubber-insulated Heat- Water-resistant cable
SEOOW: Service cable w/ thermoplastic Elastomer, Oil-resistant jacket & Oil-resistant insulation, Weather-resistant
SER: Service Entrance cable with Reinforcement tape
SIS: Switchboard wire
SJEOOW: Service cable Junior (300V) w/ thermoplastic Elastomer, Oil-resistant jacket & Oil-resistant insulation, Weather-resistant
SJOOW: Service cable Junior (300V) w/ Oil-resistant jacket & Oil-resistant insulation, Weather-resistant
SOOW: Service cable w/ Oil-resistant jacket & Oil-resistant insulation, Weather-resistant
SRML: Silicone-Rubber insulated Motor Lead wire
STO: Service cable w/ Thermoplastic Oil-resistant jacket
TFFN: Thermoplastic Flexible Fixture Nylon wire
TGGT: Teflon-Glass-Glass-Teflon; Teflon wrapped w/ Teflon-impregnated, Glass outer braid
THHN: Thermoplastic High Heat-resistant Nylon wire
THWN: Thermoplastic High Water-resistant Nylon wire
UF-B: Underground Feeder and Branch circuit
USE-2: Underground Service Entrance cable
VNTC: Vinyl Nylon Tray Cable
XHHW: Cross-linked High Heat- and Water-resistant cable
XLP or XLPE: Cross-Linked Polyethylene

The nomenclature of wire and cable is not a fully uniform system, and it can be a little confusing. (For instance, not every instance of the letter “W” denotes a weather-resistant cable—MTW stands for machine tool wire.) Hopefully, this list can be of use the next time you’re curious about what your wire or cable’s label means.

National Electrical Code 2014 Overview

National Electrical Code 2014

If your wiring job is in the United States, Mexico, or Venezuela, most likely it has to comply with the National Electrical Code (NEC). This is a hefty volume containing over 900 pages of carefully worded regulations pertaining to all residential, commercial, and industrial wiring installed in jurisdictions that have adopted the Code—which is to say that they have enacted it into law. No matter what type of electrical job you're performing, the NEC is a great resource to consult.

Current edition of the National Electrical Code

The NEC is administered by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a non-governmental organization that also issues documents concerning electrical and other safety issues. On its own, the NEC has no legal standing. It is offered up for states and municipalities to enact as they see fit into law, with or without cuts, additions, or changes. Besides legal jurisdictions, private organizations such as insurance companies and all sorts of builders use NEC guidelines to ensure that the work does not contain hazards.

The NEC explicitly states that it is not an instruction manual for untrained persons. It focuses strictly on electrical safety, particularly from the standpoint of the twin demons of electrical fire and shock, although other hazards are addressed as well. For example, a length of improperly secured conduit could fall, injuring a passerby.

As mentioned, the NEC is lengthy and packed with technical information. However, there is good news: it is sensibly worded and impeccably organized so that individuals with knowledge of the basics can quickly find information relating to the job at hand and apply it as needed. The best professional electricians keep a copy of the NEC in shop or vehicle and refer to it on a daily basis.

NFPA issues a new edition every three years, often with extensive revisions. It is the key reference for electrician licensing exams, which are usually open book, and electrical inspectors invariably make use of it.

In most jurisdictions, homeowners are permitted to perform wiring on their primary residences. Typically, this may not be done on second homes or rental properties, and certainly a developer is not permitted to do unlicensed electrical work on buildings under construction. Every homeowner who is serious about protecting lives and property should have a copy of the NEC and refer to it as needed.

An example of an NEC Article

If you want to get a feel for the kind of distinctions that are characteristic in the Code, turn to Article 100, Definitions. Here are the first three entries:

  • Accessible (as applied to equipment). Admitting close approach; not guarded by locked doors, elevation, or other effective means.

  • Accessible (as applied to wiring methods). Capable of being removed or exposed without damaging the building structure or finish or not permanently closed in by the structure or finish of the building.

  • Accessible, Readily. Capable of being reached quickly for operation, renewal, or inspections without requiring those to whom ready access is requisite to actions such as to use tools, to climb over or remove obstacles, or to resort to portable ladders, and so forth.

The classic example of a location that is accessible but not readily accessible is the area above a suspended ceiling, where individual panels can be easily replaced, but where a portable ladder would be required.

Throughout the NEC, various types of equipment, such as entrance panels, are required to be readily accessible, or such as live terminals are required to be not accessible.

By Guest Columnist David Herres

Type NM-B (Romex) Cable

Romex Cable

Type NM stands for nonmetallic sheathed. The cable consists of a factory assembly of two or more insulated conductors within an overall nonmetallic jacket. Additionally, there is an equipment-grounding conductor that is bare or has green insulation. Type NM is identified by the size of the conductors and number of them. For example, the very commonly used Type NM 12-2 cable contains two 12 American Wire Gauge (AWG) insulated conductors. In this numbering system the bare or green equipment-grounding conductor is not counted. Hence it is known as NM 12-2 w/ground.

Closely related cable types are Type NMC, which has a corrosion-resistant outer covering, and Type NMS, which contains, in addition to the usual power conductors, communications (signaling) wires. When the letter B is appended, as in NM-B cable, it indicates that the conductor insulation is rated for 90 degrees C.

In the United States and elsewhere that it is applicable, all non-utility and non-mine electrical installations must comply with the National Electrical Code (NEC). Additionally, there is the Canadian Electrical Code (CEC).

In NEC Chapter Three, specific articles pertain to the various types of wire that are recognized. Type NM is covered in Article 334. This section should be used as a guide for installing Type NM cable. Like each of the cable articles, it contains sections titled Uses Permitted and Uses Not Permitted. Broadly speaking, Type NM is permitted in one- and two-family dwellings and their attached or detached garages and storage buildings. Type NM is not to be used for services, outdoors, underground, embedded in concrete, or as data or fire alarm cable (in centrally-controlled fire alarm systems). In limited circumstances, Type NM can be used in multi-family dwellings such as apartment houses and in commercial buildings. This depends upon the type of construction, as outlined in Informational Annex E at the back of the Code book.

A very common mistake that is made is using Type NM for the wiring in commercial garages. There may be gray areas, but the basic idea is that NM should never be used where there may be vapors in the air from flammable liquids such as gasoline, or where flammable gases are used as fuels. A garage is sometimes built as part of a residential property where it eventually becomes a backyard facility. These operations, even if they are not for profit, where engines and gas tanks are removed and fuel systems are opened, are sure to contain at times vapors from flammable liquids. Acetylene and arc welders add to the mix. These buildings should not be wired in Type NM cable.

Article 334 also contains installation requirements for Type NM cable and they should be carefully followed. Minimum bending radius, securing and supporting intervals including distances from boxes (different for metal and plastic) and protection from physical damage must be observed.

As in any wiring, sizing out the cable, i.e. conductor ampacity, is based on the amount of current that the conductors will have to carry. This in turn derives from the over-current protection (breaker or fuse) rating. Also, ambient temperature and bundling of current-carrying conductors enter the picture. All of this is outlined in NEC Chapter Three.

All of these issues are covered in electricians’ licensing exams. In most jurisdictions, homeowners are permitted to do electrical work in their own homes. However, for fire and shock protection Code mandates should be followed faithfully.


By Guest Columnist David Herres