Junction Box Splice for a 220 Volt Electric Range Cable

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Splice a 220 Volt Cable in an Electrical Junction Box: How to Splice Electrical Wires, What to do with the Ground Wire.

How to Splice a 220 Volt Cable in an Electrical Junction Box

Electrical Question: I need to move an existing 220 /240volt outlet to make a new gas and electric range fit when plugged in.

  • This outlet is as old as the house which was built in 1971.
  • I don’t want to rewire the entire run, I just want to use the existing box as a junction box and run over about a foot to the new location with a plastic remodel box.
  • The problem is that there is no ground screw on plastic boxes.
    • What do I do with the ground wire in the new box?
  • Do I simply cut if off?
    • The existing outlet has three wires, two hots and a neutral I believe as the ground is attached to the box.

This electrical wiring question came from: Dennis, from Olympia, Washington.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Dennis.

How to Splice Electrical Wires

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on the personal level experience and ability to work with tools and access to the wiring.
Precaution: Identify the circuit, turn it OFF and then Tag it with a Note before performing any wiring.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and inspected.
Special Materials: Properly sized wire connectors, anti-corrosion ointment, electrical tape, junction box and blank cover.

Working with Ground Wires and Junction Boxes

  • Splicing  220 Volt Cable
    • Splicing onto the existing cable and extending it to a different location is fine, just make sure to splice all the wires together color to color including the ground wire.
  • What to do With Spare Wires
    • Never cut off a wire that is not being used especially a ground wire.
    • Cap off any unused wires and if the junction box does not have a terminal or there is no provision for terminating the ground wire then do not cut the ground wire off, but keep it folded inside the junction box.

What to do with the Ground Wire

  • Junction Box Ground Wire
    • I have seen this far too often where the ground wire is cut off really short especially at switch boxes because the switch did not have a ground terminal, however it is best to keep the full length of the ground wire and fold it back into the junction box so that it is available for future use.
  • Safe Keeping for Ground Wires
    • The ground wire poses no threat even if it is a bare wire as long as the ground wire is folded into the back area of the junction box.

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6 Responses to “Junction Box Splice for a 220 Volt Electric Range Cable”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hello Al,
    The dedicated circuit cable does not need to be continuous, therefore a splice with an approved junction box may be installed so the circuit cable may be extended to the new location.
    Be Safe,

  2. AL OREAMUNO says:

    I want to move my current 220/240 volt outlet (for my range) to a new location in my kitchen, it requires about 15 ft of wire after measuring. Could I just splice it to the new box, or the wire has to be continuous (un-spliced) from the dedicated circuit board?
    Thank you for this service,

  3. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Lenny,
    The amperage ratings are different for an electric dryer and an electric range, therefore a separate dedicated circuit is required for each of these appliances.
    I hope this helps,

  4. Lenny says:

    Can I splice a dryer and a range on the same 240 line?

  5. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Tim,
    I am unaware of any such code. Electrical splices here in the U.S.A. may be made as long as the splice is accessible and done using approved methods and materials for the electrical circuit and application.

  6. Tim B says:

    I was told that the dryer electrical wire cannot be spliced according to the Ontario Electrical Code. It must be continuous from the outlet to the breaker. Is this true?


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