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    Twisted pair 20awg??

    Im on the final few steps of my plumbing renovation and new equipment install, just getting ready to install my GLC solar controller and i ran into a problem. The book says to use "twisted pair 20 awg" wire to install the sensors, but what exactly is this? I looked around homedepot.com and could find twisted pair 18-2 (its speaker wire) but not 20 awg.

    Anybody know what i should be using to connect these?
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    Re: Twisted pair 20awg??

    It's just thermostat wire. It's usually that brown stuff that comes on roles.
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    Re: Twisted pair 20awg??

    Awesome thanks, why couldnt they just say that and make it easy!
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    Re: Twisted pair 20awg??

    Home Depot sells a GE Category 3 wire which would be more than good enough. Twisted thermostat wire also very similar. CAT 5 wire would work also but 23 g may be a bit small for your terminals. I prefer solid copper wire for permanent runs and stranded wire for jumper wires or cable subject to exterior of cabinet bending and flexing.
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    Re: Twisted pair 20awg??

    Twisted pair 18 awg will work fine. I prefer shielded twisted pair on all sensor wiring, but it's a little harder to find.
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    Twisted pair 20awg??

    Quote Originally Posted by learthur
    Home Depot sells a GE Category 3 wire which would be more than good enough. Twisted thermostat wire also very similar. CAT 5 wire would work also but 23 g may be a bit small for your terminals. I prefer solid copper wire for permanent runs and stranded wire for jumper wires or cable subject to exterior of cabinet bending and flexing.
    Cat5 cable is a good idea I've got a couple hundred feet in the closet!
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