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Old 11-18-2011, 06:22 AM   #16
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Wire gauge for water heater and rewiring

Can you leave it the way it is? Probably. Ask yourself though... do you want to do it right? 10 gauge NM is expensive, and depending on what breakers you have, that can be expensive too. Personally, I'd replace it with a dual 30 breaker and 10/2 NM. My home had a Federal Pacific panel for 30+ years, and I paid $1300 to have it replaced. It's not like wiring gets more reliable the older it gets...

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