Rewired 240v circuit to 120v 20amp GFCI outlet


Old 10-28-07, 02:02 PM
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Rewired 240v circuit to 120v 20amp GFCI outlet

We had two electrical heaters attached to a 20amp dual pole circuit breaker. We disconnected heaters and rewired circuit to two 120v 20amp GFCI outlets by disconnecting white wires and reconnecting to bus bar. Does the dual pole breaker need to be replaced by two 20amp single pole breakers or will the dual pole work as needed?
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Old 10-28-07, 03:44 PM
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I am having a hard time following what you started with.

Are you stating that you started with two 20 amp 240 volt circuits, and that you now want two 120 volt circuits? If so then you can use a double pole breaker if you want, but I wouldn't. Both circuits will go out if either one causes a trip.

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Old 10-28-07, 05:30 PM
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I'm not understanding exactly what was done with the white white wires, but...

If this was turned into a multi wire circuit, wouldn't a double pole breaker be safer for the next guy who's going to be tinkering with this? I've seen that recommendation here before, but like I said I don't follow exactly what was done.
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Thanks for your comments - I'll try to explain better. There were two heaters wired separately to the same 240v 20amp dual pole breaker. The heaters were removed and wiring reused to set set up two 120v 20 amp GFCI outlets in our garage. I agree it's probably better to have two 20 amp breakers rather than two separately wired outlets connected to the dual pole 20 amp breaker - if one goes - we won't know which line has a problem. Thanks
Old 10-28-07, 10:41 PM
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Is this 12-3 with ground you are using?
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As has already been stated, you may use the double-pole breaker.

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