Circuit breaker main box


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Old 02-15-14, 10:08 AM
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Circuit breaker main box

I have an open spot in my main box and I was told I could add a new circuit breaker to have a dedicated circuit for my microwave. 15 AMP would wire with 14/2 or 20 AMP with 12/2, would I just get a breaker for the size I need?
 
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Old 02-15-14, 10:16 AM
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You would need a clamp on the cable where it enters the panel along with the correct single pole breaker. You also Ned the box, single receptacle and cover at the other end.
 
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Old 02-15-14, 10:17 AM
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I have an open spot in my main box and I was told I could add a new circuit breaker to have a dedicated circuit for my microwave. 15 AMP would wire with 14/2 or 20 AMP with 12/2, would I just get a breaker for the size I need?
Yes, but it also must be the same manufacturer as the panel or a manufacturer listed on the panel label as acceptable for use in the panel. I'd install a 20 amp circuit with 12-2 NM-B cable (aka romex).
 
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Old 02-15-14, 10:27 AM
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I posted some pictures of the spot in the box and the schematic, sorry they are not the best. The spot in the box would be where the 3 and 4 spots are on the schematic.
 
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here are some pictures of the box
 
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Old 02-15-14, 10:38 AM
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The is a split bus panel. Normally the top is reserved for two pole breakers.
 
 

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