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Old 09-08-2009, 03:00 PM   #1
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At our farm, we have a electric poll where there is a mobile home type electric box. It has a 220 30 amp for a well pump, a couple 15's and a big 200 that used to run to a mobile home subpanel. We ran that 200 into our barn via 2 AWG to a 200amp subpanel which then has 30's to power campers and other stuff. Problem...I need to run that 200 via a new wire to a new house we are building, which leaves the barn (campers) with out power. I would like to replace the 220 30 (well pump breaker) with a 220 60 to resend power to the barn (campers) subpanel (the well will be getting power from the house box). i don't want to run new 6 AWG underground to feed the barn subpanel, I would like to reuse the 2 AWG that is already run. Question... Can I pull out the old 2 AWG (which runs to the barn) from the post box, put a water proof box below the post box, and "wirenut" the 2 AWG to the 6 AWG inside the waterproof box, running a small piece of 6 AWG from the waterproof box to the new 60a 220 breaker inside the electric poll breaker box? I would never pull enough from the barn subpanel to overload the small piece of 6 AWG, plus if I did, the 60a breaker "should" trip. I know there is not a wirenut that big, but are there any other ideas. It would save a lot of time and money if I could do this.

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I didn't read the post, just the title but, you can use these polaris taps to put 2 & 6 together.http://www.polarisconnectors.com/black.html

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We ran that 200 into our barn via 2 AWG to a 200amp subpanel
Houston.....we have a problem. Your #2 wire is only good for about 100 amps.


We typcally use lugs of some sort to connect large wire.
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220/221 is giving you good advice, follow his lead, he won't steer you wrong.
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220/221 is giving you good advice, follow his lead, he won't steer you wrong.
But he may make you feel like a fool.
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But he may make you feel like a fool.
We are all fools. I'm just not shy about occaisionally pointing it out.

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