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  1. sevuk
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    sevuk Regular EF Member

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    I've seldom seen these as I mostly do installation work, but does anyone know of any good calipers or gauge for measuring the csa of a cable?
     
  2. HandySparks
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    I use an ordinary digital caliper, now available for less than a tenner.

    Measure the diameter of the strands in a few places and take an average. Work out the csa of the strands, then multiply by the number of strands. Maybe write a lookup table for the common sizes.
     
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    think the greek letter Π comes into the equation.
     
  5. sevuk
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    Also a magical number.

    Thanks for the responses. The table is very useful.
     
  6. Vortigern
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    I use a micrometer, decimal one and do the Pi r² x the strands.
     
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  7. paul291277
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    Pie causes nothing but problems for my csa
     
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    can't beat a good cow pie.
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    but horse d'ouvres is a nice starter.
     
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  9. Vortigern
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    It's Horses douvers, sigh!
     
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    nah. douvers are their feet, silly arse.:confused:
     
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    Worked with a guy once who ordered Prosecutor Ham and Dolphin-nosed Potatoes at the same meal
     
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    happyhippydad Member Electrician's Arms

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    I never found a pair that I found accurate enough, although I did only experiment with a few fairly cheap ones though.

    I made this, just one of Richard Burns many good ideas! :)

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  13. Vortigern
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  15. Vortigern
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    So conversion to metric size after finding CSA then for you...
     
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