Increasing Electrical Circuit Size
Why Increasing the Size of an Electrical Circuit is Dangerous – Electrical circuits are designed to keep all the components of the electrical circuit within a safe limit so they do not over heat an become a fire hazard.
Circuit Sizes for Electrical Equipment
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This electrical wiring question came from: Bernadine, a Handyman from Florida
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Why Increasing the Size of an Electrical Circuit is Dangerous
- It is not possible to safely increase the amperage potential of any electrical circuit beyond the specified design, which is based on the voltage, wire size and the type of insulation.
- Electrical circuits are designed to keep all the components of the electrical circuit within a safe limit so they do not over heat an become a fire hazard.
Installing Dedicated Electrical Circuits
- If you have an electrical device that requires a 30 amp circuit, then a dedicated circuit will need to be installed.
- The new circuit will be based on the equipment voltage requirement as well, such as 30 amps, 240 volts for an electric clothes dryer.
The Following will assist you with your electrical circuits
Electrical Circuit Wiring
- This article looks at common 120 volt and 240 volt house wiring circuits and the circuit breakers that are installed identifying the types and amperage sizes used in most homes.
- Wiring a Dryer for 3-Wire and 4-Wire Cords
3-Wire and 4-Wire Configurations for Clothes Dryers
- See an electric dryer installation with a typical 220 Volt electric power cord wiring system. You may find yourself with either a 3-wire or 4-wire electric dryer, or a 3-wire or 4-wire outlet. Lets look a how the electric dryer is wired and what to do if your cord does not match the plug.
- You identified your project to be about Circuit Breaker, so you might find this information useful:
- Circuit Breaker
Electrical Circuit Breaker
- A guide to home electrical circuit breakers and how they work to protect your electrical wiring. When properly installed, your home electrical wiring is protected by a circuit protection device.
The following may also be helpful for you:
Be Careful and Be Safe - Never Work on Energized Circuits!
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.
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My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
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