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post #1 of 7
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I bought this and ran it a few years ago for my deck speakers. It works fine but we are renovating and I was going to buy and run new landscape wire( the run is outdoors under my deck. Now that I am looking at it it might actually be landscape wire I bought and ran the first time. Anyway to tell? Thanks. photo(11).JPG 120k .JPG file photo(12).JPG 132k .JPG file
post #2 of 7
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Originally Posted by horsegoer View Post

Now that I am looking at it it might actually be landscape wire I bought and ran the first time. Anyway to tell?
Only if there's a label embossed in the jacket. But so long as the gauge is adequate it doesn't matter, especially as you know it will hold up.
post #3 of 7
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I just looked at it and it is stamped 16/2 SPT-2. Is this okay for outdoor? Also, on run to my speaker is 25' and the other is 40'. Is 16/2 not the right gauge? Thanks.
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Originally Posted by horsegoer View Post

I just looked at it and it is stamped 16/2 SPT-2. Is this okay for outdoor? Also, on run to my speaker is 25' and the other is 40'. Is 16/2 not the right gauge? Thanks.
You can use this to find if the gauge is sufficient:

http://www.bcae1.com/images/swfs/speakerwireselectorassistant.swf
post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by Bill Fitzmaurice View Post

You can use this to find if the gauge is sufficient:

http://www.bcae1.com/images/swfs/speakerwireselectorassistant.swf

Thanks..seems like 16 gauge is okay. Is the SPT-2 okay for outdoor? it is covered most of the way under my siding?
post #6 of 7
SPT-2 indicates a medium thickness insulation. It doesn't mean that it's UV resistant, which is the main reason for outdoor wire insulation cracking, so keep it out of direct sunlight as best as you can.
post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by Bill Fitzmaurice View Post

SPT-2 indicates a medium thickness insulation. It doesn't mean that it's UV resistant, which is the main reason for outdoor wire insulation cracking, so keep it out of direct sunlight as best as you can.

Thanks.
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