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    I found 20/2 wire for a good price for a 500' roll does anybody think there would be a problem using that guage wire or should i just get the 22/2 wire

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    If you can get a good price on it, I say go for it. I prefer 22 or 24 because it's easy to strip with the fingernails, but nothing wrong with going heavier. I know some guys who use 18/2.
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    At what price did you get it and where?
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    home depot $32.98 for 500' spool of 20/2 red and white spiral wire. everything i can find online starts at $34.99 plus s&h of $21.00

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    Depending on what voltage your panel is putting out, I would just go to home depot and get a 1000ft box of cat5 -24awg.It is about 65-80 dollar range. this would be equivelant to 8 rolls of 500 ft scab. For the longer runs you can get 22awg cat 5 but this is alittle bit more expensive. Plus you can do 4 Ques in 1 run of wire,or if you really want to push it ,you can wire 7 ques in 1 run but just have to use a common ground and 7 positives leads, this makes scabbing a hell of alot faster. I will never buy 22/2 or 24/2 scab wire again,
    its just not worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flashfuse View Post
    Depending on what voltage your panel is putting out, I would just go to home depot and get a 1000ft box of cat5 -24awg.It is about 65-80 dollar range. this would be equivelant to 8 rolls of 500 ft scab. For the longer runs you can get 22awg cat 5 but this is alittle bit more expensive. Plus you can do 4 Ques in 1 run of wire,or if you really want to push it ,you can wire 7 ques in 1 run but just have to use a common ground and 7 positives leads, this makes scabbing a hell of alot faster. I will never buy 22/2 or 24/2 scab wire again,
    its just not worth it.
    Yup.... Use two or three cheap 100ft extention cords as common ground for all the queues.

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    im using a Joe Ratman design system

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    Quote Originally Posted by quackaddict77 View Post
    home depot $32.98 for 500' spool of 20/2 red and white spiral wire. everything i can find online starts at $34.99 plus s&h of $21.00
    I've always found Seminole Wire to be very reasonable priced, especially if purchased in large quantities, and shipping is reasonable too. My last purchase was for 4000 feet (1 case of 4 - 1000 ft spools) of 22 and it was about $185 with shipping.
    Plus, it is made in the USA and I consider it to be a very high quality product.
    And no I don't work for or have any affiliation with Seminole...
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    Default Re: scab wire

    I got some 20/2 speaker wire on feebay couple weeks ago, $50 for 1000' with shipping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thymer View Post
    Yep, it works great.
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    Search "speaker wire" on eBay:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Security-Wir...item256d1458b1

    500 feet 22/2 $29 (Including shipping)

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