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Old 03-23-2011, 07:43 AM   #1
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Hi,
I'm running 6/3 copper I purchased for a new double oven installation.
I purchased the cable from Lowes.

I assume I can run this cable as is?
I don't have to purchase and then 'snake' this cable through another piece of conduit or some other exterior type of covering before I run it do I?

I'm on asking because to me, the outer covering on this 6/3 cable is nowhere near as thick as the Alum. cable that I am replacing (or for that matter the 8/3 cu that feeds a large STeible-eltron elec thermal storage heater I have for my basement.

Can I just run this new 6/3 copper as is, from my panel to the location where my new double wall ovens will be ?

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Old 03-23-2011, 07:56 AM   #2
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What does it say on the outer jacket? You can't go by the cables of the past. A lot of the older stuff had thicker conductor and jacket insulation. The newer insulation materials of today are thinner than the past.

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Old 03-23-2011, 08:03 AM   #3
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Unless the cable is subject to physical damage you should be fine.
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:45 AM   #4
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Hi,
The outer jacket says
BH/RN 6-3 NM-B W/G 600V CIATEX-A

I was just concerned due to the lesser thickness of the outer covering when I compared it to heavy copper run 20+ years ago in my home.
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:18 PM   #5
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Looks good. What are you using for a breaker?
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:28 PM   #6
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Ovens are rated 8KW and recommend 40A breaker. That is what I installed(i had a 50A in that slot from the prior electric range/oven we had. I swapped that out for the 40A

As long as I am asking silly questions here. I have another. I'm paranoid about this to be honest. My dad was an electrician and showed me enough to be 'dangerous', but smart enough to know when to ask.
Anyway, when I hook this new line up to my breaker in the box, does it matter what terminal on the breaker I put the red and black from this new 6/3 i've run?
Both legs are 120, so it doesn't matter... right?
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Doesn't matter which breaker the red and black go on. Neutral (white) to the neutral bus bar and the ground to the ground bus bar.

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