Wire FAQs:


Q: Is wire a single?

A: Yes, and usually cylindrical, flexible strand or rod of metal.

Q: Is wire again largely used?

A: Yes.

Q: Was wire used to make wool cards and pins?

A: Yes, and manufactured goods whose import was prohibited by Edward IV in 1463.

Q: Is wire used when higher resistance to metal fatigue is required?

A: Yes.

Q: Is wire small-to-medium gauge?

A: Yes, and solid or stranded, insulated wire, used for making internal connections inside electrical or electronic devices.

Q: Is wire composed of a number of small wires bundled or wrapped together to form a larger conductor?

A: Yes.

Q: Is wire solid wire?

A: Yes, and usually copper, which, to allow closer winding when making electromagnetic coils, is insulated only with varnish, rather than the thicker plastic or other insulation commonly used on electrical wire.

Q: Is wire cheaper to manufacture than stranded wire and is used where there is little need for flexibility in the wire?

A: Yes.

Q: Is wire composed of a number of small strands of wire braided together?

A: Yes.

Q: Were wires possibly made using a swaging technique?

A: Yes.

Q: Is wire still carried through a hollow shaft?

A: Yes, but the bobbins or spools of covering material are set with their spindles at right angles to the axis of the wire, and they lie in a circular cage which rotates on rollers below.

Q: Is wire usually drawn of cylindrical form?

A: Yes, but it may be made of any desired section by varying the outline of the holes in the draw-plate through which it is passed in the process of manufacture.

Q: Are wires used to bear mechanical loads or electricity and telecommunications signals?

A: Yes.

Q: Was wire drawn in England from the medieval period?

A: Yes.

Q: Is wire commonly formed by drawing the metal through a hole in a die or draw plate?

A: Yes.

Q: Is wire however made from other metals?

A: Yes, Copper wires are also plated with other metals, such as tin, nickel, and silver to handle different temperatures, provide lubrication, and provide easier stripping of rubber insulation from copper.

Q: Is wire used to make a low-resistance electrical connection between loudspeakers and audio amplifiers?

A: Yes.

Q: Is wire also used more loosely to refer to a bundle of such strands?

A: Yes, as in "multistranded wire", which is more correctly termed a wire rope in mechanics, or a cable in electricity.

Q: Is wire more flexible than solid wire of the same total cross-sectional area?

A: Yes.

Q: Is wire wire with higher than normal resistivity?

A: Yes, and often used for heating elements or for making wire-wound resistors.

Q: Are wires usually covered with insulating materials?

A: Yes, such as plastic, rubber-like polymers, or varnish.

Q: Are wires better conductors than solid wires?

A: Yes.

Q: Is wire often reduced to the desired diameter and properties by repeated drawing through progressively smaller dies?

A: Yes, or traditionally holes in draw plates.

Q: Are wires often used for the lower-pitched sound-producing "strings" in stringed instruments?

A: Yes, such as violins, cellos, and guitars, and percussive string instruments such as pianos, dulcimers, dobros, and cimbaloms.

Q: Is wire not all copper?

A: Yes, there are unavoidable gaps between the strands. A stranded wire with the same cross-section of conductor as a solid wire is said to have the same equivalent gauge and is always a larger diameter.

Q: Is wire employed for telephone and data cables?

A: Yes, and as conductors in electric power transmission, and heating.

Q: Are wires a very common filigree decoration in early Etruscan jewelry?

A: Yes.

Q: Is wire the most common type?

A: Yes.

Q: Are wires wound in a helix so that when the wire is flexed?

A: Yes, and the part of a bundle that is stretched moves around the helix to a part that is compressed to allow the wire to have less stress.

Q: Is wire prepared?

A: Yes.

Q: Is wire useful for wiring breadboards?

A: Yes.

Q: Are wires often suitable as an electromagnetic shield in noise-reduction cables?

A: Yes.