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Re: Another Billy Bob electrical question

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George Marsh

06-17-2013 18:40:38

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Billy Bob,
If you are going with 120v, the current in the power wire is the same as the current in the neutral, so use the same wire, 12g, for each. I've seen ground wire on some old romex wire to be a smaller guage, which I thought wasn't safe. Say 12-2 with ground, ground may be a 14g. Today, all three wires are the same, 12 guage.

Yes, I've run stranded and solid in conduit when running wires underground.

Let's look at the math. $1.59/10 ft. 100 ft is $15.90. 200 ft is $31.80 plus glue, plus fittings. What's the price of 250 ft of 12-2 with ground? If you only have 500 ft, you will need to buy 200 ft of wire for your third wire. SO WHERE IS THE SAVINGS? It can't be that much and I would find no joy pulling 200 ft through conduit.

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Ultradog MN

06-17-2013 19:27:53

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 Re: Another Billy Bob electrical question in reply to George Marsh, 06-17-2013 18:40:38  
The price of 10-2 wg UF wire is $245 + tax for a 250' roll. The one end of the plastic conduit is expanded so no coupling required. Quite a bit cheaper to do it this way - using the wire I already have.

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George Marsh

06-18-2013 05:40:41

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 Re: Another Billy Bob electrical question in reply to Ultradog MN, 06-17-2013 19:27:53  
I think you are comparing apples to oranges. Price 12-2 w/ ground.

If are you going to dig a shallow trenc by hand, conduit will be better.

I would use 3/4 inch conduit and run 4 wires, 220v. A 220v heater will use 1/2 the current so 12g wouldn't be a problem.

Just do it and see if you like it. I too would use what I have before spending money.
If this wiring is going to be used for a few weeks a year, I would use extension cords, have over 450 ft of 12g cords.

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