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 Post subject: Citgo/Citco Hook-Up Wire
PostPosted: Sep Fri 13, 2019 10:38 pm 
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Not sure if this is the best forum for this question, but the wire I'm asking about would potentially be used in "repair and restoration"!

So I picked up several spools of different gauge stranded hook-up wire marked "Citco #XX AWG SAE 60 degrees C." The gauges range from 22 to 10. About all I can find out about it that it may have been made by Chester Cable, when they were owned by Citgo, and that what certainly looks like "Citco" may be "Citgo." What I'm wondering is the suitability of this wire for any kind of electronics repair work. The relatively low temperature rating and lack of any voltage rating gives me some pause. And "SAE" without any number classification seems fairly meaningless. Any thoughts?


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 Post subject: Re: Citgo/Citco Hook-Up Wire
PostPosted: Sep Fri 13, 2019 11:55 pm 
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Any photos available? Could be anything from high voltage wire, to 12V wire for automobiles ......

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 Post subject: Re: Citgo/Citco Hook-Up Wire
PostPosted: Sep Sat 14, 2019 1:16 am 
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Barry H Bennett wrote:
Any photos available? Could be anything from high voltage wire, to 12V wire for automobiles ......


I hadn't thought of 12V automotive wire, but that makes sense. A few photos:

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 Post subject: Re: Citgo/Citco Hook-Up Wire
PostPosted: Sep Sat 14, 2019 2:40 am 
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tough to say .... my guess is low voltage hookup wire. But it's just a guess. It just has an "automotive look" to it. But seriously, it could be virtually anything. Odd that they don't have any further specs written on the wire itself .... usually there is a clue there.

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 Post subject: Re: Citgo/Citco Hook-Up Wire
PostPosted: Sep Sat 14, 2019 2:48 am 
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With a 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees F) rating, it isn't appliance, aviation, or automotive engine bay/exterior firewall wire.

Likely for cabin and dash wiring harness use.

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 Post subject: Re: Citgo/Citco Hook-Up Wire
PostPosted: Sep Sat 14, 2019 3:19 am 
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If that's the case, then it probably isn't of much use to me. But at least I can use the three tier dispenser the spools were mounted in. Thanks guys.


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 Post subject: Re: Citgo/Citco Hook-Up Wire
PostPosted: Sep Sat 14, 2019 5:07 am 
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When thinking about wire ratings remember that you could build a radio with bare wires and all would be ok unless they touched each other. The only time I worry about wire ratings is when a lead is carrying high voltage or line voltage and needs to be very close to or touching another lead, bare metal, or ground.

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 Post subject: Re: Citgo/Citco Hook-Up Wire
PostPosted: Sep Sat 14, 2019 7:28 am 
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Citgo .... makes me think ... automotive wire.
Usually wire like auto wire is known or was known as "primary" wire... meaning low voltage side of the coil ...or the primary winding side of the coil..

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 Post subject: Re: Citgo/Citco Hook-Up Wire
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Often, automotive/primary wire is not tinned. That is a flag to me.

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