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It depends on the rating of the new electric range. Most ranges require a 40 amp breaker to protect the circuit. With this rating you would require a 8-3 wire as you suggest. However, all local building and electrical codes require electrical work to be done by a certified or journeyman electrician as well as a permit and inspection to verify the installation has been done to code. This is for the safety of the residents of the building. There is a provision in most jurisdictions for homeowners to obtain the permit once they prove to the authority having jurisdiction that they know what they are doing and pay a small permit and inspection fee.

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Q: Is it safe to use 8 - 3 size wiring from the breaker box to a new 3-prong outlet for a new electric range?
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