# size of cable

#### Ainsley Whyte

##### Senior Member
if I have a 14 AWG six pair cable and I double all six pairs I would have - three cores cable my question is doubling two of the 14AWG cable would equals what size cable?

#### Little Bill

##### Moderator
Staff member
If you're talking about paralleling those the wires are too small for that.

#### Ainsley Whyte

##### Senior Member
If you're talking about paralleling those the wires are too small for that.
What is the smallest wire size that you can parallel

#### Little Bill

##### Moderator
Staff member
What is the smallest wire size that you can parallel
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There are some exceptions for control power and maybe for frequencies

#### jusme123

##### Senior Member
...does Jamaica uses NEC?

#### Frank DuVal

##### Senior Member
The answer about paralleling to get an equivalent size is, two conductors in parallel in changes three AWG sizes.

i.e. two #18 conductors in parallel is the same ampacity of a single #15 AWG wire. We used this a lot in the motor rewinding shop. Yes, in "magnet" wire we had all the sizes, including the odd numbers.

#### texie

##### Senior Member
2 #14 gives you 8220 CM. A #12 is 6530 CM and a #10 is 10380 CM. So approximately a theoretical #11 gauge equivalent.

#### Frank DuVal

##### Senior Member
Theoretical? No, available! Well, in magnet wire...

#### GeorgeB

##### ElectroHydraulics engineer (retired)
Yes, in "magnet" wire we had all the sizes, including the odd numbers.
As a co-op technician in 1970, we wound some RF coils with 25.5 AWG.