new wiring


Old 07-11-03, 09:26 PM
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new wiring

I'm installing a wall-mount microwave oven. It is an 1100 watt unit that needs to be on its own circuit. I'll hire an electrician to do the final hook-ups, but I need to run wiring down to the panel as there is no outlet in that location.(I'll have to fish it through the wall and plate).

Question: What type of wire should I buy...guage,etc?
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Old 07-12-03, 04:57 AM
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What size circuit does the installation instructions call for? If 15 amp then use #14 wire. If it nees 20 amps, then use #12.
Old 07-12-03, 07:16 AM
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You can use either on that appliance. If you use 14 you must use a 15A breaker. Most of us would opt for the 12/2 though for recepticals and since it is a dedicated circuit there wont be many connections like there might be in a lighting circuit. Speaking for myself the only time I really use 14 is for lights. Again,, this is just my choice but when I wire a home I put all recepts on 12 so there is never any confusion between light circuits and outlets.
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