Simple question regarding breaker amperage

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Old 08-09-05, 09:23 AM
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Simple question regarding breaker amperage

Hi, I have a sub panel going to a well in my yard. The breaker at the main panel on the house supplying the sub panel is a 2 pole 240V that is labeled "100" on each side of the breaker switch. Do I add these numbers together for each hot leg for an amperage of 200 amps or is the breaker a 100 amp breaker?
 
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Old 08-09-05, 09:30 AM
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100 amps is what you got
 
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Old 08-09-05, 09:36 AM
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You have 100 amps at 240 volts. Specifically you have 100 amps through each 120 volt leg of the 240 volts, but that means 100 amps at 240 volts.
 
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Old 08-09-05, 09:49 AM
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Thanks guys, that's what I figured.
 
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Old 08-09-05, 09:50 AM
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You could run two hundred 1-amp 120-volt light bulbs, but you could not run one 200-amp 120-volt light bulb (if such a thing even existed).

It's like one woman can have a baby in nine months, but nine women cannot have a baby in one month.
 
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Old 08-09-05, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by John Nelson
You could run two hundred 1-amp 120-volt light bulbs, but you could not run one 200-amp 120-volt light bulb (if such a thing even existed).

It's like one woman can have a baby in nine months, but nine women cannot have a baby in one month.

LOL Now THAT is a great analogy!

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You could, of course, run two 100-amp 120-volt light bulbs. (Sorry, had to post something on topic.)
 
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Congratulations!

Or one 100-amp 240-volt bulb (just to stay on topic).
 
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