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mathewmarie 11-08-2008 11:14 AM

out with elec cooktop, in with gas
My first post!
I'm pretty handy, but my experience with elec is limited.
I believe I have 220 running to my electric cooktop now. When I install the gas one, I will need 110. Can I easily convert the 220 to 110 by simply replacing the circuit breaker in my box?
I imagine that one could not put 220 through skinny wires, but it seems like it ought to be safe to put 110 through thick wires. Any comments?

yesitsconcrete 11-08-2008 12:24 PM

typically 220v feed to rangetops is 3wire + gnd,,, for 110 powered sparkers, you only need 2wire + ground, probably 14 wire but i'm NOT an electrician,,, IF & when you want advice on concrete, i'll have a more inclusive answer :laughing:

suggest you ask in the elec forum OR call an electrician for hookup in the distribution panel,,, in advance, you can run the new wire & attach the receptacle box under the range.

the previous hired remodeler in our house replaced same as you're intending,,, however, he just clipped the 220 line & left it hanging in the basement floor joists - never even turned off the breakers :censored: but he got paid & he's gone !

mathewmarie 11-08-2008 01:34 PM


Yoyizit 11-08-2008 02:21 PM


Originally Posted by mathewmarie (Post 181952)
skinny wires,
thick wires

Copper wire diameter governs current carrying capacity, insulation thickness governs how much voltage it can insulate against (typically 600v for residential, it will be marked on the outer jacket).

Car battery cables and ignition cables are each about 1/4" dia. One carries 250A at 12v, the other carries 20kV at negligible current.

yesitsconcrete 11-08-2008 03:19 PM

what a know-it-all showoff yoy is :laughing: don'cha just hate guys who actually KNOW something ? ? ?

Yoyizit 11-08-2008 05:58 PM


Originally Posted by yesitsconcrete (Post 182006)
what a know-it-all showoff yoy is

I agree; but, how can I fix this flaw in my character?:huh:

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