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Wire Gages

The wire gage is used for measuring the diameters of wires or the thickness of sheet metal. This gage is circular in shape with cutouts in the outer perimeter. Each cutout gages a different size from No. 0 to N0.36 Examination of the gage will show that the larger the gage number, the smaller the diameter or thickness.
Gages similar are available for measuring a variety of wires and sheet metals. Wire diameters may also be expressed in mils as well as by gage numbers. One mil equals one thousandth of an inch. Each decimal equivalent can be converted to mils by multiplying by 1,000. For example, the circled decimal is equivalent to .0640├Ś1000 or 64 mils.
To measure wire size, apply the gage to the wire . Do not force the wire into the slot. Find the slot that refuses to pass the wire without forcing. Then .try the next larger slot until one is found that passes the wire . This is the correct size. Remember, your measurements are taken at the slot portion of the cutout rather than the inner portion of the gage. Now that you have the gage number turn your gage over and read the decimal equivalent for that number.

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