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frogger

05:48PM | 12/04/03
Member Since: 08/21/03
17 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
Joe (since you are the one most likely to answer),

Just a couple of quick questions. When I was at the electrical store today, I thought I had had a 50 amp breaker at home in my new subpanel for a heater or future welder application. Therefore, I purchased 6/2 with ground. Upon getting home, I find that I actually have an open 30 amp double pole.

Can I still use the 6/2 wire on the 30 amp breaker or is 6 guage way too big for the 30 amp circuit? I still want to stick with the 6 guage because I am drywalling and would like it there for a possible welder in the future. So basically what I am asking is do I or should I return the 30 amp breaker and get a 50 or is the 30 good for now? I myself will not be adding a welder. However I as I mentioned I am drywalling it and selling it soon so I want the welder option available.

Thanks


[This message has been edited by frogger (edited December 04, 2003).]

Tom O

05:23AM | 12/05/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
Pull the breaker out. Look at all the labels & fine print and somewhere it will state the acceptable wire range for the terminals.

Most buzzbox type welders need to be on a 50 amp breaker. MIght as well go ahead & exchange the 30 for a 50.

Tom

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