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Electricity is dangerous!

You can be injured or killed!

Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death!

Should you be doing this yourself?)

This is one of those questions - if you know this little, you shouldn't be doing what you are planning...

No disrespect intended, but this is SO basic that it suggests you have not studied the subject at all!

There are many good reference books and course books to study from.

According to the NEC, you can utilize any conductor with suitable insulation for any application for which the conductor is rated for the use.

The limitation to the gauge size of conductor is that it be AT LEAST as large as that called for in the conductor tables, based on current, ambient temperature and conductor grouping!





If you do this work yourself, always turn off the power

at the breaker box/fuse panel BEFORE you attempt to do any work


always use an electricians test meter having metal-tipped probes

(not a simple proximity voltage indicator)

to insure the circuit is, in fact, de-energized.

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