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18 Gauge Wire
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Posted 12 December 2011 - 04:38 PM
Roughly what diameter is 18 gauge wire?..is it.031..etc.?..Thanks..Nathan
Posted 12 December 2011 - 05:05 PM
Nope - google american wire gauge and you will find site with tables of wire sizes you can use for reference.
Posted 12 December 2011 - 06:52 PM
There are several different wire gauges. AWG= American Wire Gauge......B&S= Brown &Sharpe........SWG= Imperial Standard Wire Gauge
For our use in the states 18 gauge wire is 0.0403 which rounded off is 40 thousandths.
There are quite a few conversion charts on the web like Ed says and it's not a bad idea to print one out and place it at your work station for easy reference. I also found and printed a drill bit conversion chart for the "letter" drill bit sizes.
Posted 12 December 2011 - 08:51 PM
Ben is right about get drill bit conversion charts. They are handy to have around.
While looking up stuff and deciding wire diameters also check out wire stiffness and material types.
You didn't say what you were doing with the wire so recommendations may or may not fit for your purposes.
Doing a search on 'wire' on this forum will get you all kinds of info. There's all kinds of materials, steel, galvanized steel, various 300 series stainless, nickel all with different annellings that determine how easily it will be to bend twist or form.
Posted 13 December 2011 - 09:24 AM
Thanks for the help guys...I was looking at a pair of those pliers made to twist wire and they said it would twist up to 18 gauge wire and I had no Idea what diam. That was..I suspect only softer wires could be used at that diam....Nathan