I have a circuit that has too much on it, and I need split it up. Running a
new circuit to the box would be difficult, for reasons I won't go into here.
I also have a baseboard heater that I will probably never use, that runs
right where I need a new circuit. I could simply cut off the heater, but
that seems wasteful.
Could I put a 3way switch in; one position it goes to the baseboard heater,
the other position it goes to the newly split circuit? Well, I know I can do
it; but would it be a code violation?
The only thing on the split circuit would be my toaster oven, and that and
the heater would be a definite overload. Either alone is just 12a.
This group gets questions like this from the people who cause the problems,
and also questions from the poor bastards who move into the house after
stuff like this has been done and try to figure out what is going on. It
would be good to get both groups in one room and see who emerges alive.
As far as the code is concerned, a switch can control an outlet or outlets,
and a three-way switch could control two sets of outlets. But if the heater
is hardwired (not on an outlet), then it has to have its own dedicated
circuit, and switching this or that with the heater is not what we call
dedicated (in marital terms it is called adultery).
I don't know what the code is, but first consider the load. Are the
switch and all wiring and devices that will be used, rated to handle the
current supplied by the breaker? Will the switch be rated to handle a
heater of the size you have?
Why? That's what I would do. Just simply cut it so that you...or the
next owner...and NEXT owner...can later put it back the way it was.
Unique idea! You could even put a 3-way beyond the 3-way...to control
another circuit...then maybe a 3-way beyond THAT. I used to have a
train setup like that...it was called a switching yard! lol
Seriously, Wade...I've never seen that kinda setup before...mainly
because it sure doesn't sound like code to me.
Where were you gonna put the 3-way switch? How would the subsequent
owners find it?
Have a nice week...
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