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'''American wire gauge''' ('''AWG''') tells the diameter of an electrical conductor.  A conductor's current capacity depends upon the resistance per unit length and the temperature rating of the insulation.  Wire type THHN is rated at 90 Β°C, and it has an added nylon jacket.
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'''American wire gauge''' ('''AWG''') tells the diameter of an electrical conductor.  The conductor's current capacity depends upon the resistance per unit length and the temperature rating of the insulation.  Wire type THHN is rated at 90 Β°C, and it has an added nylon jacket.
  
 
Electric welders use a lot of current for short periods.  The National Electrical Code (NEC) provides for welders by allowing wire size of only half the capacity that would otherwise be required.  For example, a 50 amp circuit breaker, a 50 amp outlet, but only 10 AWG wire.
 
Electric welders use a lot of current for short periods.  The National Electrical Code (NEC) provides for welders by allowing wire size of only half the capacity that would otherwise be required.  For example, a 50 amp circuit breaker, a 50 amp outlet, but only 10 AWG wire.

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