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Old 11-22-2010, 03:34 PM   #1
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Wiring 220 for electric range , came up about 10 feet short of wire. Would using wire connecters to extend it be a safe thing to use. Or does anyone else have any other ideas on solving my problem? Safety First!

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Old 11-22-2010, 03:48 PM   #2
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Strangely enough they do make wirenuts that work with wires this size, I've got some big*ss blue ones made by Ideal.

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Old 11-22-2010, 04:05 PM   #3
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It can be spliced in a permanently accessible junction box if it has 4 conductors. If you only have 3 conductors it should be replaced with the correct length of 4 conductor cable.

The box would need to be the correct size and proper connectors used.

Many would prefer high draw usages like a stove not be spliced.
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:30 PM   #4
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*I* would prefer they not be spliced.

Unfortunately, given the types of people I usually end up working for, "You currently have 75 feet of really-expensive cable and you need 77 feet. We are going to buy 77 feet of new, really-expensive cable" often results in colorful language.

and why can't you splice 3-conductor cable? One house I'm working on is old enough that the range is still hooked up with 6awg SE, bare neutral and all. A past renovation I had nothing to do with swapped the locations of the kitchen and livingroom, and whoever did that extended the SE using wirenuts. It doesn't meet my personal standards, but was done 15-20 years ago and the connections are still solid and show no signs of overheating or other damage, so I'm leaving it.
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