Wiring a 240v 30a outlet

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Old 08-14-06, 10:29 AM
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Wiring a 240v 30a outlet

Just checking....

I just need 10/2 wg correct? I have 10/3 wg. Can I just chop off the neutral or should I hook it up along with the ground?

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Old 08-14-06, 10:39 AM
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What is the outlet for? A dryer for example needs a neutral and a ground. Some other appliance may not.

If you are sure you dont need the neutral, then yes you can just cut it off, or cap it with a wirenut.
 
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Old 08-14-06, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by jwhite
What is the outlet for? A dryer for example needs a neutral and a ground. Some other appliance may not.

If you are sure you dont need the neutral, then yes you can just cut it off, or cap it with a wirenut.
An electric homebrewery.

It's actually powering a single 5500w hot water heater element.
 
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Old 08-14-06, 10:57 AM
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in that case, my advice will cost you a beer.
 
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It does not sound like you need the neutral (straight 240 volt devices do not need them). However, instead of "chopping it off", I recommend capping it (at both ends) and not using it. You don't know when someday you may want to upgrade to a device that needs the neutral and you will curse yourself for cutting it off.
 
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Old 08-14-06, 11:17 AM
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ok, I just tucked it back in the box on the outlet side. I just wanted to make sure I didn't need it.

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