Sorry about that post;
Yes you are correct # 8 wire is 1/8 in..
When he said he was going to Lowes, it just struck me as 1/4 in. as that is the smallest I have ever found at any Lowes.
Ace Hardware shows #8 in their web catalog, I have been to every Ace Hardware in a 50 mile radius, all say it is a miss print and unaviable. However they will special order me a 100 ft. roll of # 8 for something like $300.00.
I wish I had a Ace Hardware like HAB has, in hopelessly lost land, were ever that may be, that does stock # 8 wire by the foot.