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Old 01-28-2010, 11:37 PM   #1
 
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I have Romex 12/2 with a ground, black wire and red wire inside the jacket. No white. Is this common? Is the red neutral?

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that would be for 220 volt. 2 hots and a ground.
I'm not a sparky, but use the red for neutral might work. can't say if it would pass code... I'm a carpenter.
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I have Romex 12/2 with a ground, black wire and red wire inside the jacket. No white. Is this common? Is the red neutral?

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Was it on a heater circuit?
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Cannot use RED/BLACK/GROUND for regular wiring and expect it to pass a code inspection.
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Cannot use RED/BLACK/GROUND for regular wiring and expect it to pass a code inspection.
It's Canada.
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It's Canada.
Change my comment from cannot to should not then.
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Change my comment from cannot to should not then.
WHY?? In Canada this is perfectly legal and complaint.

It may even be code required for heating circuits. Anyone? JoeD?
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Yes, that cable is used for switch loops and for 220 volt only circuits.

But what was said so far confuses me: Are you or are you not permitted to remark the red wire with white bands at the ends to use the cable for ordinary 110 volt (hot & neutral) circuits? At least in the U.S. you are not allowed to do that.
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Thanks for the replies.

No, it was not for heaters. It was a run that the previous homeowner made in a partially finished basement. I was told it was planned for a chain of 5 outlets on a 20amp breaker for an entertainment wall that was never finished. Obviously he bought the wrong wire. I was hoping I wouldn't have to replace it, as it's a 50' run from the panel.
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Is the outer jacket red? That stuff is made to be used for 240 volt loads. It is called HEATEX cable. I have heard of inspector allowing it if the exposed red wire is covered with a white heat shrink.

http://www.ebhdirect.com/default.asp...10+RED+X150+CU

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I would just use white tape to mark the red wire as white, and you should be fine, I would think...
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