First, let me preface my story/questions with...
Now, brief background...we bought a late 70's home which was built/owned by a local church as a Parsonage. That being said, as we start one project after another in our remodel endeavour, we are ALWAYS surprised at what we uncover in the process!
The Project: Remove a double oven and seperate cooktop range and replace with a free-standing range. (EVERYTHING in this house is electric btw) The ovens AND cooktop were on seperate circuits, each going to 40A breakers. They were wired with 10/3.
Where are we now: Demo'd the cooktop and double ovens. Demo'd the associated cabinets and offending soffetts. Pulled 10/3 wiring (shutting off breakers first of course, lest I be writing this from the hospital or worse). The free-standing range req's a 40A breaker so I was good there with the existing, however, I ran 8/3 from a new outlet to the breaker box. I am at a point now where I am trying to run the 8/3 down into the box.
Next step: Figure out a way to get the stupid wire through an S-Curve and down the wall into a quarter-sized hole i the breaker box....THEN...that leads me to my big question...
Each of the old breakers had red and black. There are two terminal strips (one on top of the other) with what looks to be a combination of neutrals and grounds. Once I get the wire down TO the box, would I be correct in attaching the red and black to one fo the 40A breakers (there are now two free ones from the ovens/cooktop removal) and the neutral/ground to the terminal strips?
We are without cooking capability at the moment and I have GOT to get this thing wrapped up ASAP! I do NOT want support the fast food industry ANY LONGER!
Any help as fast as you can give it would be GREATLY appreciated!!!! (I 'm sure my wife would be happy too! lol)