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Weekend Warrior DIY 11-13-2007 02:19 PM

Is this TOO much for one circut?
First time poster here so watch out.

I'm replacing old Knob and Tube wiring in an old house. Luckily almost all of the wiring in the house was redone years ago but the knob and tube that powers a few things on the second floor never got fixed. So I'm fixing it. I was wondering if this would be too much draw on one 20 amp circut. What I need to hook up is an outlet that ran the dryer, two other regular use outlets and an hall light. What can you tell me?

Thanks for you help.

Andy in ATL 11-13-2007 03:04 PM

Need info on the dryer. I assume this is a gas dryer??? Or is it a 240V electric dryer???

Piedmont 11-13-2007 03:10 PM

You mean a clothes dryer, or hair dryer?

If you mean a hair dryer that would be pretty typical. Bathrooms typically have a 20 amp circuit that will let one run a hair dryer, all the outlets in the same bathroom + lighting and fan.

If you mean a clothes dryer, not likely. They typically run 30 amp breakers and for the length of run you're probably talking 8 awg wire. It's also not acceptible to put lights and recepts on a 30 amp breaker so the dryer would be dedicated. I'll let others chime in, I'm just a DIYer.

*EDIT* Oh, yeah the gas part Andy mentioned would make a big difference.

Weekend Warrior DIY 11-13-2007 03:16 PM

DOH! My mistake, it's the WASHER that's on the outlet. It's a regular three prong plug that plugs into a typical outlet. The dryer is a 30 amp hook-up and is on a dedicated line, hard wired in. So with that correction what do you think? It's been hooked up to a regular outlet that was tied into the entire second floor all on one 20 amp breaker.

Thanks for the help.

Andy in ATL 11-13-2007 03:21 PM

Code dictates that you need that washer to be dedicated as well. How hard would it be to run a new circuit for the washer back to the panel? If you say impossible....:whistling2: I know what I'd do at my house. But that is only if I couldn't get a homerun back to the panel. Does that make sense?:huh:

Piedmont 11-13-2007 03:24 PM

Next dumb question. What's a homerun?

Andy in ATL 11-13-2007 03:32 PM

Electrician slang for "wire back to the panel"

Used in a sentence: "Hey Vern, is your lazy *** ever gonna come back from lunch and run the homerun for the washing machine???"

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