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Aluminum wiring was installed in some homes from the mid 1960's to the mid 1980's.  Problems were found where connections made with aluminum branch circuitry to brass screws and terminals were causing excess heat build-up at the connections and sometimes causing adjoining combustibles to catch fire.  Ultimately, the rating authorities decided that specially designed wiring devices were needed for aluminum branch wiring, and the electrical code was changed about 1971. These new devices use terminals made of alloys that are more compatible with aluminum.  If your home contains aluminum wiring, it is recommended by Apex Home Inspectors, LLC that a certified/licensed electrician should be contacted to do a complete inspection of the electrical system and make recommendations.