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Redfishjoe 05-11-2011 04:48 PM

120v gas range wiring question
I am changing my old electric range to a new gas range. Is it permissible to use the heavy existing 220v wiring to the old electric range for powering a new gas range that requires 120v?
My intent is to unhook the existing wire from its 50 amp breaker and run it to a 20 amp breaker, using the red as the ground (and clearly identifying it as such).
I also intend, of course, to install a 20 amp receptacle in place of the old 220v range receptacle.
If this is acceptable it will greatly simplify the wiring requirement for the new range and still leave the old wiring available for an all electric range in the future.

darren 05-11-2011 04:57 PM

Nope can't do that. If you have a bare ground you could do as you plan. Red cannot be reindentified to green.

rjniles 05-11-2011 04:59 PM

What color and how many wires are in the existing cable? It is not code compliant to remark a red wire as ground (and I assume you mean neutral)

WillK 05-11-2011 05:10 PM

what they said

Redfishjoe 05-11-2011 07:50 PM

Thanks for the info guys
:thumbsup: Upon re-examining the existing wire I've found that it is a 4 wire cable - red, black, white, and a bare ground. I believe I'll be able to use this for my 20 amp 120v circuit now.
Will save me a lot of headache!

darren 05-11-2011 09:37 PM

Change the breaker to a 20A and pigtail a #12 on the wire and you will be good to go.

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