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Protection for wire derated. #75226
02/17/07 08:44 PM
02/17/07 08:44 PM
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Cinner  Offline OP
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If you are derating wire due to conduit fill(example - 4/0 derated to 3/0 ampacity) should the circuit breaker be sized to protect the new derated amapacity of the 4/0?

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Re: Protection for wire derated. #75227
02/17/07 09:09 PM
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No, stay with circuit breaker size and just increase the awg of the wire when you have to derate.




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Re: Protection for wire derated. #75228
02/17/07 09:13 PM
02/17/07 09:13 PM
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The derated ampacity cannot exceed the overcurrent protection. So, you either have to downsize the breaker or upsize the cable. Normally, it's the latter since the original breaker size is chosen for a reason, but using a smaller breaker is OK if circumstances allow.

Re: Protection for wire derated. #75229
02/19/07 09:48 AM
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Huh?
Are you saying that I can't feed a 15 amp load with a 20 amp breaker using #8 wire???
...or did I read your post wrong?


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