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Old 01-08-2011, 01:51 PM   #1
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Can I use 600v wire to connect 120v outlets


I am repairing an old Victorian. I had to remove a chandelier to fix the ceiling and now I have problems. I think the wiring is knob and tube the chandelier was obviously a swag lamp someone spliced in. The pig tail was made from a hunk of lamp cord. The main wire is slightly frayed. I plan to wrap the main wire in a couple layers of black electrical tape. I want to replace the hunk of lamp cord, but the wire I bought says 600v 14AWG The outlet fixtures all say 120v 15amp. Can this wire be used for the pigtail or is it too big?The house wires are all 14 gauge.

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600v is the max rating
15a = 1800w = #14g wire min
If the wire is frayed you are better off replacing it
Tape is not meant to relace the wire insulation

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Thanks Scuba_Dave,
I'd like to replace all the wiring but can't. The fray is only at the end, but if it frays any more I'll be stuck. Here are the details: The wire is coming through a small hole in the lath. there is about 1/3 inch of this visible piece that has sound insulation and about 1 1/4 inch of bare wire below that. If I tape around the sound fabric and trim off the frayed edges, I have enough to hook the pigtail to. I thought about using a heat shrink sleeve to slip up the wire, but I wouldn't be able to apply heat to the part of the sleeve that is inside the lath plus the guy at Lowe's said that the sleeves have a dubious insulating value.
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So this wire which is 14 gauge and also says 1000v is not sufficient? 600v is a lot bigger than 120v so that is confusing. Should I be able to find a 14 gauge wire that goes to 1800v? The only other wire in this electrical dept. was auto wire.
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You are confused---14 gauge is fine for a 15 amp breaker. don't worry about the volts--
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1800w = watts, ....not v = volts

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