## Thursday, September 22, 2011

### How do I find out what my wire is rated for my electrical wire?

I bought a new stove and plug that is 50 amp. My fuses on my wire to the stove is 35amp. I want to see if I can just change out my fuses to make it 50 amp, but I dont know what the rating is on my wire going to the stove.How do I find out what my wire is rated for my electrical wire?
I think an easy way to measure your wire would be to:

1) Go to the panel box and shut off the breaker. Lock it out in case someone decides to turn it on again when you are working on it.

2) Take off the Faceplate to the receptacle. Pull out the receptacle and use a pair of wire strippers to measure the wire gauge of the wire.

3) If the wire is 8awg or smaller it should be replaced with 6 awg wire.

Some info from the National Electrical Code:

210.19(A)(1) Branch circuit conductors shall (this means mandatory) have an ampacity not less than the maximum load to be served.

Table 310.16 shows that 8 awg is rated for 40 amps and 6 awg is rated for 55 amps.

210.19(A)(3) Exception number 2; A neutral conductor of a 3 wire branch circuit supplying a household range shall have an ampacity of not less than 70 percent of the branch circuit rating and shall not be smaller than 10 awg.

This is because on a 120/240 3 wire branch circuit the neutral conductor carries only the unbalanced current between the two hot leads. To calculate this multiply 50 amps X .70. So your neutral conductor needs only to be rated for 35 amps. An 8 awg wire would suffice for the neutral.

What is the nameplate rating of your range?How do I find out what my wire is rated for my electrical wire?
Wire is rated for amps by the wire size. It would be unsafe to raise the fuse to a 50 if the current wire is sized for 35. You would be better leaving the fuse as a 35.How do I find out what my wire is rated for my electrical wire?
You must look at the wires themselves to first determine their gage and secondly, you must determine their length(run) between the fuse box and the outlet. The longer the run,the larger in diameter the wires must be, to handle the total amperage the appliance can consume at it's most loaded moment. These details are necessary to know so that you can work the necessary mathematics to calculate what size wire is needed to complete the job with a margin of safety. These calculations must include a recommended service supply box along with recommended fuse types.-Again, their must be a margin of safety involved. Better to over-build the wiring AND install the correct type of fuse.How do I find out what my wire is rated for my electrical wire?
if all you have on that line is the stove, you will be fine with everything as is.How do I find out what my wire is rated for my electrical wire?
Look at the wire going to the stove breaker in your panel.

The size is printed on the wire.

If it was a 35A breaker it should be 8 AWG.

The bad news is that for 50A. You need 6 AWG.

(Those numbers are for copper wire.)

Don't try to put a 50A. fuse in front of 8 wire.

It will overheat eventually with risk of fire.
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• ### My ignition does not turn on anything nor crank over engine, any ideas?

I have a '92 Chevy c1500, 350 5.7 litre engine. last week i tried to start it. turned the key to the start position, dash indicators, radio, heater and buzzer came on like normal. Went to crank over the engine and everything cut out. It normally costs \$130 to tow it to the nearest technician shop (\$65 there and back). Plus \$65/hr for labor costs just to figure out the problem. Don't know how much for the parts they usually try to scam you into getting. So I have checked all connections from battery to starter to ignition switch. Checked all switches and fuses. Changed the starter, ignition switch and park/neutral switch. Battery works fine only a year old, and head lights including high beams, dome light and under-hood light all come on except there isn't a buzzer when I turn them on with ignition off. Normally there is a buzzer. most of my fiancee's family has worked on or with Chevy's and don't have a clue what it could be. I have even tried pushing up the shifter. Please help!My ignition does not turn on anything nor crank over engine, any ideas?
Does your solenoid click when you try to start it? If so, you have a poor connection, low battery or a bad solenoid. If you know your batteries pretty good, (try your horn) use a 12-volt test light to check for power to the small terminal on the starter solenoid, connecting the alligator clip to the battery negative terminal. If it lights up, change the solenoid. If not, work your way back through the circuit, and/or check for engine ground. (see Galen B's post) You can try the screwdriver jump across the terminals, just make sure the screwdriver doesn't touch any metal besides the small terminal while it's touching the main terminal, or it's 4th of July time. This is a lot safer when the starter is out of the car.My ignition does not turn on anything nor crank over engine, any ideas?
Check to see if you have a good ground. If that motor is not grounded, then that would be your problem. I went through hell to figure that out on my 80 K30. I wish I would have thought to check for a good ground first. Good luck.My ignition does not turn on anything nor crank over engine, any ideas?
99.9%starter or wires to itMy ignition does not turn on anything nor crank over engine, any ideas?
The battery may not have the amount of amps. you need to turn the starter Have the battery checked for cranking amps.to see if it could take the amps that the starter would need.My ignition does not turn on anything nor crank over engine, any ideas?
I had the sam thing happen to me and it was my coil which is mounted under the distributer cap if that is not it take out your module which is mounted under the dist. cap and autozone or oreillys will check it for free.My ignition does not turn on anything nor crank over engine, any ideas?
You didn't mention the ground cable. Run a booster cable from the negative side of the battery to the engine block and try again. If that works, you are not getting the ground from the battery.

You should also be able to jumper a screwdriver across the starter from where the positive wire connects to the starter to where the ignition wire connects to the starter. This will bypass the ignition switch. If this starts it, the problem is in the ignition circuit. I don't know if there is a relay in the ignition line.My ignition does not turn on anything nor crank over engine, any ideas?
Galen B has got your answer. Just don't stand directly in front of the vehicle when you do this and keep you hand OFF the metal part of the screwdriver.

### Ultrasonic cleaning unit needs repaired?

Recently someone gave me an L%26amp;R ultrasonic cleaning unit that was broken, after changing the fuse the machine would turn on but it smoked under the tub, turning the tub over I found that there are two disks glued to the bottom of the tub and one of them is cracked. I don't know much about these things and simply giving the name of the part would be a great help (though if you know how to repair, or where to attain a new one don't hold back =))

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Sometimes there are reasons things are free. Often parts cost more than a new unit.Ultrasonic cleaning unit needs repaired?

### Buick odometer light broken?

anyone know how to fix it? will just changing the fuse do it?Buick odometer light broken?
Nope fus is for the entire dash lights. I bet it is burnt out. I replaced mine in my Truck from superbriteleds.com and replaced all of them with an orange light LED you never have to remove the dash again..

### How do you change the desktop computer's audio fuse?

At least I think that's the problem since I pluged the speakers wire to to the microphone outlet instead of the headphone outlet.How do you change the desktop computer%26039;s audio fuse?
Restart the computer and plug the speakers into the correct jack. Should work fine. Plugging speakers into a mic jack won't do any harm, in fact, they could work as a microphone.

There is no fuse.

### Tail light and dash light out '97?

My dashboard light (where the spedometer is) and my tail lights are out. The tail light works when i press on the brake. I changed the fuse (which was blown) and they still dont work. What else can i check and fix? And how do i do it? I have no idea what im doing and dont have the money to take it somewhere.Tail light and dash light out %26039;97?
fuse blown, might have also blown out bulbs when the fuse blew out, check might be more than one fuseTail light and dash light out %26039;97?
Did you change the bulbs? That is the most likely next step. It sounds like you are indicating the brake lights are functional but the either the reverse light or turn lights are not functioning. Nonetheless you have multiple bulbs un the tail light assembly so one of them may be out. As for the dash first check the dimmer for the dash lights and see if that has been turned down, if all the lights on the dash are out it is more likely a fuse or other electrical problem, if some lights work and some don't it is more likely to be a bad bulb. Dash lights are more difficult to change but not impossible. Good luck!Tail light and dash light out %26039;97?
The brake lights sounds simple. If it works when you apply the brakes, you've used the wrong kind of bulb. Some bulb s have two filaments, one that is one when you have your head lights on and the other when you apply the brakes. Your nearest auto parts store can resolve that quickly. As far as your dash light goes, thats gonna be tricky. Check again to assure you used the right fuse. If you did use the right fuse you might need to take apart the dash and replace the bulb which can be time consuming and tricky. If its not in your budget, you can learn to live without that little light. Buena Suerte.Tail light and dash light out %26039;97?
Check and see if the fuse is blown again but before you replace it walk around the car and see if any of the parking lights in the front or rear have water in them or were hit and broken, or see if there is rust in the bulb sockets which will cause a short. This includes the side marker bulbs which are on the same circuit in most vehicles. If you don't find a problem take all the running lights out and put a new fuse in and see if it blows or not. If the fuse doesn't blow put one bulb at a time back in their sockets and make sure they light up. When one lights and goes out right away you've found the shorted circuit. Keep in mind there may be something else in the same circuit, maybe a cigarette lighter etc. which could be the problem. Any loose change in an accessory socket?Keep looking you'll find it.
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