Junction box for 10-3 wiring

Old 07-19-04, 12:38 PM
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Junction box for 10-3 wiring

Can I use a junction box to wire a dryer with 10-3 wg? In other words, I need to run 60' of wire, but I didn't want to buy 100'.
Old 07-19-04, 05:11 PM
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I'm not sure that I understand the question.... If you're asking about using a junction box to put a splice in, you must keep the box accessable (not behind a wall covering, etc.), but that's an acceptable way to splice wires. If you're asking if you can splice into an existing circuit instead of running a wire to your panel, then you're asking for trouble. I'm not well versed on code, but I believe you would want an electric dryer on its own circuit. I would, anyway!!
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If the existing cable has four wires (perhaps unlikely if run prior to 1996), then yes, you can certainly extend it (in a permanently accessible junction box). If the existing cable only has three wires, then run the whole 100 feet.

As HD says, this is only wise if you are merely moving a load rather than adding a load.
Old 07-20-04, 04:57 AM
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I'm adding the circuit and wanted to know if I could extend it with a junction box (circuit only has the dryer).
Thanks for your help and quick response!

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