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Choosing the right wire size

Discussion in 'Electrical Engineering' started by SteveP, Mar 7, 2004.

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  1. SteveP

    SteveP Guest

    If installing an outdoor receptacle that is 125 feet from the breaker box
    with a 20amp breaker, would 12 gauge wire be sufficient or would the voltage
    drop be to much?

    Thx
     
  2. Brian

    Brian Guest

    What is the "real" load? Not enough information to calculate the VD.



    If installing an outdoor receptacle that is 125 feet from the breaker box
    with a 20amp breaker, would 12 gauge wire be sufficient or would the voltage
    drop be to much?

    Thx
     
  3. SteveP

    SteveP Guest

    Guess I don't know the real load, This will be a receptale out next to a
    storage building so I don't have to keeping pulling out the drop cord when I
    need to do something. Will be running a flourescent light, and the
    occasional power tool a circular saw or drill. Possibly a small TV when
    something good is on while I'm working outside.
     
  4. SteveP

    SteveP Guest

    Thanks Greg, I'll probably go with #10
     
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