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Old 06-03-2012, 10:40 AM   #16
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50 amp 220 over 8/3 with ground to 40 amp double breaker feeding into load center?


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I just (quickly) looked over art 525 and the only thing that might be an issue is how you connect to power and the amps city of #8 SOW. You may be required to connect to power via a receptacle instead of hard wiring to a breaker.

8/3 SOW is only rated for 35a. Since 35a is considered a common breaker size, you couldn't fuse it at 40a.

Its a 50amp 220 box at fairground to 8/3 grounded to my trailer where is goes to 40 amp main then individual breakers. 8/3 is rated for 40 amp. I have provided my draw which totals @35 amps. Maybe I am not understanding what you said?
He's saying your cable isn't rated for 40A but rather 35A. See NEC Table 400.5(A)

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The 400.5 A state 40 amps with 2 conductors. GFI is not the issue at hand. Next?
You have 3 current carrying conductors. Two hots and the neutral. The 35A limit applies.
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8-3 flex cord would only have one hot, one neutral and a grounding conductor. How do you plan to feed the second leg of the panel?

8-4 would have two hots, a neutral and a grounding conductor.
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You have 3 current carrying conductors. Two hots and the neutral. The 35A limit applies.
Ok but when breaker one is on breaker 2 is off. When breaker 2 is on breaker 1 is off. Reducing my load to less than 35.
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8-3 flex cord would only have one hot, one neutral and a grounding conductor. How do you plan to feed the second leg of the panel?

8-4 would have two hots, a neutral and a grounding conductor.
Its a 8/3 WITH GROUND.
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You have 3 current carrying conductors. Two hots and the neutral. The 35A limit applies.
The neutral is only carrying the unbalanced current, so technically he only has two current carrying conductors. If i'm reading that correctly anyhow.
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The neutral is only carrying the unbalanced load, so technically he only has two current carrying conductors. If i'm reading that correctly anyhow.
YES! 2 hot 120s 1 neutral and one ground.
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Its a 8/3 WITH GROUND.
Stop yelling. It's not Jim's fault you didn't know that the appropriate term was 8/4.

As for your reply to my post, the issue here is not whatever your actual load may be. The issue is that you can't protect 8/4 SO with a 40A breaker, you need a 35A.
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Neutrals count as current carrying conductors.
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The neutral is only carrying the unbalanced current, so technically he only has two current carrying conductors. If i'm reading that correctly anyhow.
I've always been under the impression that the neutral is factored in as current carrying. If that's not the case, I'm happy to be corrected but that's just how I've always seen it done.
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Stop yelling. It's not Jim's fault you didn't know that the appropriate term was 8/4.

As for your reply to my post, the issue here is not whatever your actual load may be. The issue is that you can't protect 8/4 SO with a 40A breaker, you need a 35A.
YES! Was an expression of happiness that someone read my original post that stated 8/3 with ground. The invoice from the electrical supply says 8/3 with ground. I was thinking 8 gauge 3 shielded with one unshielded ground.
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Neutrals count as current carrying conductors.
If you read 400.5 (B)

A neutral conductor that carries only the unbalanced current from other conductors of the same circuit shall not be required to meet the requirement of a current-carrying conductor.
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I've always been under the impression that the neutral is factored in as current carrying. If that's not the case, I'm happy to be corrected but that's just how I've always seen it done.
It depends, check out 310.15(B)(4) as to when a neutral IS to be counted as a current carrying conductor....
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You make a valid argument. However, I have never been able to exclude neutrals from the count and I'm not quote sure why this would be the case.
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You make a valid argument. However, I have never been able to exclude neutrals from the count and I'm not quote sure why this would be the case.
Because code says so. The neutral ALWAYS carries current, were just allowed to ignore it in some situations.... that's the best answer I can give you.

Check out section 310.15(B)(4), This applies to more than just flexible cords and cables.

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