Kitchen outlet

Old 09-01-03, 05:30 AM
M. Blanchard
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Question Kitchen outlet

Kitchen outlet. 4 wires. 1 black (hot). 1 red (hot?). 1 white (neutral). 1 copper (ground). I have wired black and red to seperate screws on brass side of outlet and snapped off the brass tab. I have wired white neutral to other side of outlet and connected ground to green screw. Is this OK? Can it handle a new microwave? Will there be a load problem with neutral?
Old 09-01-03, 10:49 AM
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If wires are connected tight, than the receptacle should be fine.
Adaquacy for the microwave is dependatnt on the other loads on the circuit and amperage of circuit. Is the circuit breaker a 2-pole? I think you have a multi-wire circuit (240 V). Chances are you will be fine, if circuit is overloaded you will find out, and will need to make changes later. Is this receptacle on the countertop?

What is the amperage of the new microware? A dedicated circuit might be better if it is a large unit.

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