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Old 07-13-2008, 07:24 PM   #1
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I just finished installing the new box and running the wires to add a ceiling fan and just noticed that I bought 12/3 wire and I guess I have a little smaller 14 wire existing...thought it was 12 when I checked...Is this a problem and need to get the same size wire or is one size up going to be ok. I took power from a switched outlet to power a new ceiling fan with two switches. Thanks for the help.

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12/3 is good, Side wire only.

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As long as you don't put a 20 amp breaker on 14g wire, you're OK. 14g only allows 15 amp breakers.
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Nope, i wont be changing anything else, keeping all the outlets and breakers the same just adding on the one set of wires for the ceiling fan. I dont know much about electrical but i didnt think it was a big deal but would rather get good word on here to be safe...Thanks a lot!!

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Just remember: When it comes to wiring, bigger is always better (which makes you wonder why the AWG numbers get bigger as the wire decreases gauge). No man could ever forget this rule.
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Works like a charm...thank you!! On to the next one...tomorrow.

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