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Re: Question about Stainless and electricity

Anyone have any ideas if stainless steel conducts electricity any differently...better or worse...than steel or other ferrous metals?

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Re: Question about Stainless and electricity

No, I don't.

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Re: Question about Stainless and electricity

I figure at your advanced age you have no knowledge or interest in anything firm or rigid...thanks anyways mini-man


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Re: Question about Stainless and electricity

It conducts pretty well I'd imagine, I guess you could probably buy a few equal lengths of wire in a few different materials and measure the resistance, that would probably give you the answer you need
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Mattress : It conducts pretty well I'd imagine, I guess you could probably buy a few equal lengths of wire in a few different materials and measure the resistance, that would probably give you the answer you need
I agree with your thoughts Mattress...but am just too damn lazy to experiment. Thanks for the response.

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Re: Question about Stainless and electricity

If you don't want to go out and do that, just find some stainless and carbon steel wire around the house and stick them in lightsockets and compare the results
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Re: Question about Stainless and electricity

I got to imagine its is pretty similar, I'll se if its in any of my refrence books at work tomorrow.
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Re: Question about Stainless and electricity

Thanks G...

I'm primarily concerned about it carrying a ground...should I run a seperate ground wire from the frame to each draw? Or will a ground to the ss suffice? Thanks.

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Re: Question about Stainless and electricity

I'm betting it'll be fine
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Re: Question about Stainless and electricity

If I'm not mistaken SS is a decent conductor.. Not nearly as good as copper or silver but as good of a conductor as high carbon steel. The only real bad one is anodizes aluminium since the oxide coating inhibits electron flow.

Just keep in mind that they don't make electrical cableing out of ss for a reason.
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Re: Question about Stainless and electricity

May I ask what your wiring/building??
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That's a bit of a loaded question as there are so many types of stainless steels.....

Stainless grades with minimal nickel content will have similar or slightly lower (worse) electrical conductivity as mild steels. As the nickel content is increased, so does the resistivity.

FWIW, neither mild or stainless steels make particularly good conductors of electricity.
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Re: Question about Stainless and electricity

what kind of electricity?
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Re: Question about Stainless and electricity

I'm building a dual battery tray for my Jeep and am going to add a panel on the front to mount the isolator and several relays for lighting, etc. Was hoping to just ground the panel but sounds like I should run a seperate ground to each item...thanks for the input folks.


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Can't imagine why it wouldn't work the way you describe...

More than likely the material you are working with is a 300 Series, and has very similar electrical props to the mild steel frame that you are mounting it to.

If you are concerned, take your ohmmeter and measure the resistance path of the tray. Then measure an equivalent lenght of steel.....they will probably be so close that you won't be able to measure a difference....if so, you are golden.

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