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Re: elec panel breakers

Posted By: Don
Tuesday, 29 December 1998, at 10:18 a.m.

In Response To: elec panel breakers (Randy)

Randy,

It's really not a very good idea to guess about what size breaker to use. Dryers are typically 30 amp two pole and water heaters are usually not above that. Wire size is an indicator. #10 wire will handle no more than 30 amps, #12 wire stops at 20 amps, and #14 wire shouldn't be fused higher than 15 amps.

The appliance itself will have recommendations for max fuse size and that recommendation should be followed. Please consider finding a drinking buddy that happens to have an electrical background. An oversized breaker won't present a problem today or tommorrow.... but next year sometime when you are laying in bed and the wires overheat and catch the place on fire.

Good luck!!

Don

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