The U.S. National Electric code and Canadian Electric Code mandates only white or grey color be used for neutral wires. The International Electrotechnical Commission and countries that abide by it, such as the United Kin... More »

Live wires carry electric current toward a device, such as a main-powered appliance, while neutral wires carry electric current away from the device to close an electric circuit. Live wires are typically blue in color, w... More »

In the Unites States, the black wire is the live wire, while the white wire is the neutral wire and the copper or green wire is the earthed wire, which is also called the ground wire. The color coding of electric wires i... More »

National Electric Code 310-315 specifies electrical services wire conductor sizes of #2/0 for copper and #4/0 for aluminum for use in 120/240 volt 3-wire, single-phase dwelling services and feeders. NEC requires a minimu... More »

A 12-gauge wire can carry between 15 and 20 amps for normal electrical wires. When wiring chassis, 12-gauge wire can carry a maximum of 41 amps along the metal conductor. The conductive part of a 12-gauge wire is 0.0808 ... More »

The different colors of electrical wires indicate the function of the wire, with black and red indicating the wires carry electric current, white usually indicating neutral charge and green indicating the wire is grounde... More »

An electrical pigtail is a single piece of electrical wire that is used to connect two or more wires. This wire must be rated for the amperage of the circuit it is being installed into. Often, electrical pigtails are mad... More »