## Latest Discussions : Electrical & Lighting

kknuth

11:33AM | 05/11/04
Member Since: 05/10/04
An electrician said that I should use #6 wire for a project. I have no idea what this is? Does it equate to 12/2?

I am breaking off from a 220 Volt outlet to two 110 V outlets.

KK.

joed

05:03PM | 05/11/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
NO #6 wire is not the same as 12/2.

kknuth

04:24AM | 05/12/04
Member Since: 05/10/04
OK....so what is it?

tomh

07:20AM | 05/12/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
Wire sizes for residential are noted in two parts. The 12/2 wire means 12 gauge, 2 conductors (plus ground in most cases). It is capable of carrying up to 20 amps of 110 V electricity assuming we are talking US current. The smaller the gauge designation, the larger the wire and vice versa, so thinner wire, like 14/2 can carry up to 15 amps, while larger wire 10/2 can handle 30 amp loads. Wire size is determined by load and distance. Distance is important due to voltage drops that occur with longer distance. So a 30 amp load traveling 20 feet may use 10 AWG wire, while the same load going 80 feet may require 8 AWG (larger wire).

You were told you need #6 wire. If the load is a 220 appliance, you need 6/3, if the load is 110 v, you need 6/2. #6 wire gauge is thick and stiff to work with. It also happens to be expensive due to the size and amount of copper in it. The #6 wire size may be carrying a load of 40 to 60 amps depending on distance.

I am not an electrician and the information above should not be relied on to design or construct electrical systems. Please consult a qualified electrician before starting your project.

joed

02:54PM | 05/13/04
Member Since: 09/17/02