Re: Kinda OT Electrical Advice-220V
Don't worry about what they used connecting your meter base to the main service, they pay for that.
From the meter base into the house, use COPPER ONLY.
You pay for any electricity that passes through the meter, and ALUMINUM is a LOUSY conductor.
From the meter to the house, you are paying for the electricity to heat that damned old aluminum wire.
Gold is the best common conductor, followed by silver, but they are too expensive.
Use copper, and the larger the better for large draw circuits.
If you ever have the chance to pick out a breaker box, make sure it has a solid copper buss in it.
Some are tin, some are aluminum, and I have never seen one live very long compared to solid copper.
(Buss it the main power strip in the back of the breaker box that all the breakers connect to.)
Square 'D' and Hubbell are both made right here in the US of the best materials.
Hubbell mostly makes switches and connectors, and some wire.
Square 'D' makes EVERYTHING to do with AC electrical.
Both have several grades, but get the 'Industrial' grade if you can.
Don't forget the 'Oxidation Guard Grease' when you are connecting copper to any other material, steel, aluminum or what ever.
Oxy-Guard keeps the two dissimilar metals from corroding at the contact point.
Something I forgot...
FOR GOD SAKES, run your ground wire to an earth ground rod with a 6 Ga. solid wire from any breaker box.
Code says a 8 foot rod, I usually use two 12 foot rods, one for the house, and the other for sensitive electrical equipment, like computers, TV's ect...
I never use the bonding screw that connects the ground and neutral wires.
That is a practice left over from the 1920's and should be stopped!
Ground should go to a real working earth ground, and neutral should be just that, a neutral wire...
That would stop tons of voltage spikes, and near lightning strikes from killing electrical components,
PLUS make your house much safer.
I'm getting off my soap box now....
"I Have The Body Of A God... Buddha"