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I currently have a 50 amp outlet on 8-3 wire. I know this is for a range. The problem is it is where my dryer is suppose to go. Can I remove the range outlet and connect the 30 amp dryer outlet to the same wire? Or do I have to run new 10-3 wire and replace the 50 amp breaker with a 30 amp?

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You can use the same wire
I'm just not sure if you can leave the 50a breaker for a 30a appliance
I would think not?

OOps - missed that - you are installing a 30a breaker
 

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You can use the existing 8/3 wiring with a new 30A dryer receptacle if you also change the breaker to a 30A. You can always use a breaker rated less than the rating of the circuit it's protecting.
 

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All this

Yes you can

Wow!!
All these posts when dSilanskas made it quite clear with the first one.
I think you guys want to read what your saying.
DIY is confusing even to experienced mechanics let alone DIYers.
 

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Unfortunately "Yes you can" wasn't the correct response to the questions asked.
 

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Wow!!
All these posts when dSilanskas made it quite clear with the first one.
I think you guys want to read what your saying.
DIY is confusing even to experienced mechanics let alone DIYers.
I really think you may want to follow sentence #2 in your own advice. As stubbie posted, "yes you can" is not the answer, especially considering there were several questions in the first post.

so, quit being an INsultini and get with the program.
 

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Insultini

I really think you may want to follow sentence #2 in your own advice. As stubbie posted, "yes you can" is not the answer, especially considering there were several questions in the first post.

so, quit being an INsultini and get with the program.
I re read my reply didn't really see an insult.
By the way nap the name you used for me, has been used for 40 years now you ain't gitin no Cherry wise guy.
And how do you know I ain't wiyth the program????????????

PS I gott spelll chek but it's not worth using for yo.
 

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I re read my reply didn't really see an insult.
By the way nap the name you used for me, has been used for 40 years now you ain't gitin no Cherry wise guy.
And how do you know I ain't wiyth the program????????????

PS I gott spelll chek but it's not worth using for yo.
Why on earth would you let people call you that for 40 years?

The response by dsilanskas failed to address the questions to confirm code compliance. Had Cindy replied we could have reached that with a few more questions. You seem to approve of the answer given in post 2....why?

Or do I have to run new 10-3 wire and replace the 50 amp breaker with a 30 amp?
If I answered that question with "yes you can" it would be incorrect. A new cable would require 10/3 with ground...4 wires.... this would be the preferred method if possible. If Cindy keeps the 8/3 (no ground) it must be an SE cable or a cable with an insulated neutral.... we haven't determined that yet. And Cindy needs to know about the no bonding requirement at the terminal block of the dryer if she changes to 4 wires. So I am baffled at why you would think that "yes you can" should have been the end to this thread???

BTW I have an extreme dislike for internet policeman who come in on a thread for no other reason that to make an attempt put themselves on a pedestal and judge the others who are trying to ask the right questions. You offered nothing to this thread but an insulting statement. So don't walk a mile out of your way to try to hide why they have called you by that nickname for 40 years.
 

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the INsultini just fit so well though even though it was not necessarily on point, then, but due to this:

PS I gott spelll chek but it's not worth using for yo.
it fits.


All I was saying is you were chastising others for what they posted yet you referred to a post that most definitely did not provide a proper answer. There are some pretty bright bulbs (I guess that should be lamps in light (easy pun) of the NEC usage of terms) around here. We tend to be a somewhat self correcting forum due to that and the general relationship and interactions of the members.
 

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Nice picture nap, what's that all about???????.
 

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Whoever Quotes Larry the cable guy , I got a lot of respect for him. NOT...
 

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Cinda, if you're still reading this anymore, the answer to your question is if the 8/3 has 3 insulated conductors ( usually black, red, and white) you certainly can use it for a dryer.

Simply install a 2 pole 30 amp breaker, put the black and red on the breaker and the white on the ground/neutral bus. (It's the one with all the other white and bare wires on it).

Install a 30 amp 3 wire 'crowfoot' receptacle. Get a 3 wire dryer cord to match the receptacle. If the dryer already has a 3 wire cord on it, you're done.

If the dryer had a 4 wire cord on it, you'll need to bond the frame of the dryer to the neutral. (it's the center wire of the cord). There's likely a bonding strap near the terminal block. Just connect the loose end of it to the terminal with the center cord wire.

If you need more help, please post again here. There's about a dozen of us here who know how to do this properly.

Rob
 
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