GAS | WATER | FIBER | SEWER
Tracer Wire is a single conductor wire laid alongside pipes during installation. The insulations are high molecular weight polyethylene (HMWPE) that provides excellent abrasion, crush, chemical, oil, and moisture resistance. The wire carries a radio signal to help find the line later or to detect before digging. The wire is copper coated with insulation that provides excellent resistance to abrasion, crush, chemical, oil, and moisture resistance. Tracer wire lasts longer and is less dangerous than its counterpart, THHN wire.
Underground tracer wire is a type of tracer wire used for direct burial applications. Another popular type is pipeline tracer wire, a single conductor wire that is intended to carry a radio signal to aid in the location of buried pipelines.
Conductor: The conductor is a solid or stranded copper per spec ASTM B-1, B-3, or B-8
Insulation: Insulation is yellow, high molecular weight polyethylene (HMWPE), conforms to ASTM D-1248
- low-density polyethylene (LDPE)
- linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE)
- medium density polyethylene (MDPE)
- high-density polyethylene (HDPE)
Size: 14 – 6 AWG (American Wire Gauge)
Temperature: Operating temperature 70° C dry and wet
20 mil – 30 through 300 volts
30 mil – 30 through 300 volts
45 mil – 600 volts
- Gas and oil distributors
- Water and sewage departments
- Telecommunications companies
- Government agencies
- Standard – surface printing indicates manufacturer, conductor size, insulation type
- Custom – available upon request
- Standard – 500 foot / 1,000 foot / 2,500 ft reels
- Custom – available upon request
Uniform Color Code for Marking Underground Facilities
White = Proposed Excavation
Pink = Temporary Survey
Red = Electrical Power
Yellow = Gas, Oil, Dangerous Materials, Product Lines
Orange = Communication, Cable Television, Fiber Optics
Blue = Water Systems
Purple = Reclaimed Water
Green = Sanitary Sewer Systems
TW/THW Tracer Wire
Underground Tracer Wire is also referred to as either TW Wire or THW Wire. TW Wire is a thermoplastic, water-resistant, wire. THW wire is similar, but with heat resistance. This wire, when combined with its polymerizing vinyl chloride (PVC) insulation, can function properly in temperatures up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Performance offers this tracer wire from 8 AWG to 14 AWG (American Wire Gauge). TW/THW Wire is used in residential and industrial machine wiring circuits such as refrigeration equipment, washing machines, and HVAC units.
These two wires are NOT interchangeable! Tracer wire, when used as an underground locating wire, possesses many favorable characteristics that THHN wire does not. Tracer wire is much more resistant to liquids, harmful chemicals, corrosion, and more thanks to its PVC insulation. As a result, tracer wire lasts much longer than THHN wire and can prevent potentially dangerous accidents from occurring.
Tracer Wire Specifications
This specification describes a single solid or stranded copper conductor tracer wire. It is intended to carry a radio signal to aid in the location of buried plastic pipes. The electric wire tracer may be identified by surface printing, indicating manufacturer and/or conductor size. Custom legends are available.
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Tracer Wire Resources
Different Types of Tracer Wire – This article will help you decide which type of tracer wire is perfect for your next job.
Tracer Wire Vs. THHN Wire – Learn the differences between these two wires.
Benefits of Tracer Wire – Why use tracer wire? Find out here!
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