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Are both conductors bad? Did you try basic wire troubleshooting by connecting the two conductors together at one end, and checking with an ohmmeter for continuity?
You can strip and combine the wires in a cat5 cable to get a "larger" wire. If you can salvage 1/2 the speaker wire, and burn an entire cat5 for the other, you'd get a ~16AWG wire (assuming 24AWG cat5). If the speaker wire is completely bad, you can either:
1) Use 1 cat5, twist 4 wires together for each lead (+/-) for an effective ~18AWG. Not great, but probably ok.
2) Consume 2 cat5's, twist all 8 wires together for each, get an effective ~15AWG.
I would go with option #1, but try it for 1/2 the speaker wire if you can determine if you find the other half ok. Start by twisting 4 of the cat5 wires together, and use that to replace one of the speaker leads - if that doesn't work, try the other lead. Still nothing, twist the other four wires together to make a new 'pair'...