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JayF

05:34AM | 12/02/02
Member Since: 11/19/02
59 lifetime posts
I'm getting ready to install our above stove microwave / hood combination and it has these requirements:

120V, 60Hz
120V, single-phase 60Hz
15-20 amp circuit

I can cover the 15-20 amp circuit no problem, but I have a couple of questions:

first- should I run a separate circuit for this thing? I run the dishwasher on it's own breaker and have room to do the same for this.

I guess my biggest question is on the 60hz part. Can I just plug a new 15 or 20 amp breaker into my box, run the wire, and be done with it? I've never run into the 60Hz thing before.

doug seibert

09:17AM | 12/02/02
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts
The single phase 60Hz is the standard residential in the US...............

Separate circuit is correct..........

"Can I just plug a new 15 or 20 amp breaker into my box,...." In another post you say (you) ran all 14 gauge...........That's only good for a 15 amp circuit breaker.............

JayF

09:32AM | 12/02/02
Member Since: 11/19/02
59 lifetime posts
I did see where I said that. Major screwup on my part. 12 gauge for 20 and 14 for 15. Sorry about that.

electricmanscott

03:27PM | 12/02/02
Member Since: 11/05/01
98 lifetime posts
Be extremely careful working in a service panel. Even with the main breaker off there can still be live parts.

JayF

06:14PM | 12/02/02
Member Since: 11/19/02
59 lifetime posts
-edited-

I sound like a goofball. So basically I should break out my multitester before I go touching anything in the panel even after shutting off the main breaker, right?

[This message has been edited by JayF (edited December 03, 2002).]

electricmanscott

02:43PM | 12/04/02
Member Since: 11/05/01
98 lifetime posts
Jay, you are making me nervous! I would probably say here, if you don't know what you can or can't touch safely in a panel, you might be better off to stay out of the panel all together.


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