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#126423 - 12/28/05 11:09 PM 12-2 Wiring Question
shane28462 Offline
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Registered: 05/22/05
Posts: 2
Loc: Supply, NC.
This is most likely a no , no but my wife has a tanning bed in the garage which is rated at 120V , 24amps. I have a 120V /30amp breaker in the service panel which goes to nothing. I have a 250' roll of 12-2 NM-B solid copper romex wire. I know this wire can handle the voltage but not the 30 max amps this tanning bed will need. Rather than forking over the extra cash to buy 10-2 , couldnt i run 2 ,12-2's together and connect them together at the breaker box & Outlet for the tanning bed and that solve the amps issue? The outlet is a hefty range outlet... Sorry if this is an off the wall question but i wanted to get some expert opinions before i went and done

#126424 - 12/29/05 01:43 AM Re: 12-2 Wiring Question
techie Offline

Registered: 05/17/05
Posts: 240
Loc: palo alto, ca usa
No. You are not allowed to parallel conductors until you get to much larger sizes..

Just buy some 10/2 or 10/3, and do it right. don't become a posting in the Violation Photo Forum.

#126425 - 12/29/05 02:15 AM Re: 12-2 Wiring Question
shane28462 Offline
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Registered: 05/22/05
Posts: 2
Loc: Supply, NC.
Thanks for the reply, i didnt know if it would work or not, so im glad i asked 1st. . I had contacted an electrician who stated that 12-2 would work although its rated at 20 amps and the tanning bed is 24amps. He explained that the tanning bed wasnt in use constantly which is why i bought 12-2 to begin with.. any thoughts on it?

#126426 - 12/29/05 02:23 AM Re: 12-2 Wiring Question
Trumpy Offline

Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
This site is not here to answer DIY questions.
I'd ask that you seek the services of a licenced Electrician, for your and your wifes safety.
It sounds like what you are proposing to do could compromise the Electrical Safety of the pair of you.
Oh and by the way, no Electrician as far as I'm aware would give bad advice like that!.
Is this a friend of a friend of a friend?


[This message has been edited by Trumpy (edited 12-29-2005).]
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