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Generator #69672
09/16/06 08:24 AM
09/16/06 08:24 AM
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Sparks30  Offline OP
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Having a bad morning,what is the wire size for 50 amp generator. Told the H.O 6-3. Doesn't want to pay. He already has 8-3 ran from previous install of portable. Thanks

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Re: Generator #69673
09/16/06 08:49 AM
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iwire  Offline
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If it is 8/3 NM than it is rated 40 amps because of 334.80

If was 8/3 MC or 8 AWG in conduit it would be rated 50 amps.


Bob Badger
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Re: Generator #69674
09/16/06 09:13 AM
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Sparks30  Offline OP
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It is 8-3 NM thats why I told him that.

Re: Generator #69675
09/16/06 01:10 PM
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Even #6 AWG is STILL inadequate.

Conductors for standby generators need to be sized not less than 115% of the generators nameplate rating: NEC 445.13. In this case 50A x 115% = 57.5A, so you need to go with #4 AWG minimum in this application.

Joe

Re: Generator #69676
09/16/06 01:22 PM
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Joe that is a good point.

However I believe Sparks gave us the breaker size which is not the same as the generators rating.


Bob Badger
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Re: Generator #69677
09/16/06 03:35 PM
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Sparks30  Offline OP
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I forgot about the 115% rule. The genorator is rated at 50 amps. It's been awhile since iv'e installed one. It is going to be one of those Bryant all-in-one setup. The only proble is that where he wants it is about 40' away. And he wants to try to reuse what he has. Thanks again Sam

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