Thanks for your remarks about the wiring and the capacitors. I've given
things some thought overnight and have decided to put all of the heavy
wiring and connections into a larger junction box and run wires up for the
switch. Trying to get the 3 wire dryer plug cord and motor cord wiring into
the switch receptacle makes for an uncomfortably tight fit.
So, the question... what gauge size wire do I need to safely wire the double
pole switch? The motor data plate says the current draw is 9.2 amps at 220
By running everything else out of the J box I can terminate the power cord
closer to the outlet, which will gain me about a foot of "move around".
Hats off in advance... thanks!
standard max load ratings:
15A for #14 wire,
20A for #12
30A for #10
40A for #8
60A for #6
100A for #3
125A for #2
Fixed equipment load -- i.e. hard-wired -- is limited to 80% of breaker.
So you'll need at least 14 ga wire, and a 15A breaker.
_I_ would probably run #12, maybe even #10, because (a) the cost diffrence
is very small, and one never knows, down the road, but one might want to
hook something bigger up. It's nice to have the 'reserve capacity', without
any need to re-do everything. :)
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