# What is the minimum size of wire for a 60-amp circuit breaker?

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## What is the minimum size of wire for a 60-amp circuit breaker?

While it’s common to use a 6-gauge wire for 60-amp breakers in practice, it’s best to use a 4-gauge wire if you’re installing a 60-amp subpanel. 60-amp breaker panels controlling several circuits can draw a max of 60 amps before the subpanel breaker trips.

## What wire size do I need to go 100 feet for a 60-amp service to a workshop?

For 60 amps #6 wire is the right size. Use RHW or THHN type insulation.

## What size wire do I need to run a 80 amp subpanel?

Schedule 80 PVC conduit would need to be 1-1/4″ for 3 wire or 1-1/2 for 4 wire. In your sub Panel the ground and neutral needs to be isolated many times they are tied together at the factory with a large copper wire connecting the 2 grounded / grounding buss bars. Other than that you should bury this a minimum of 18″.

## Can 4 gauge wire handle 80 amps?

8 AWG may carry a maximum of 70 Amps in free air, or 50 Amps as part of a 3 conductor cable. David, if that cable is NM (Romex) then it actually cannot carry 50 amps. Any circuit fused for 30 amps must use a minimum of 10 ga copper or 8 ga alu….What is the wire size for 80 amps?

20 amps | 12 gauge copper |
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70 amps | 4 gauge copper |

80 amps | 3 gauge copper |

## How big of wire do I need for a 60 amp breaker?

The corresponding size for 60 amp is a wire gauge size 4, however there are certain important assumptions that that rule of thumb relies on – we will expand on those in the rest of this article. The right wire size for 50 amp is a 6 gauge wire, for both your breaker & circuit.

## How big of a breaker do I need for a double pole?

One can argue semantics all you want, but the inspector is going to want #14 wire matched up to a 15 amp breaker, #12 wire to a 20 amp, #10 to a 30 amp, etc. Arguing will very likely cause no end of future grief for the homeowner.

## How tall is a 70 amp power breaker?

Take a moment to enter our new giveaway for a chance to win a $500 Walmart gift card! I am running power to an out building for a hot tub. The breaker is 70A the distance from Main to sub is about 107 ft. Conduit is under ground 1 1/4″ PVC EMT.

## What kind of wire do I need for a 107 foot breaker?

The contractor doing the work is trying to tell me it is Ok to use #8 wire for the common on a 107 foot run fed from a 70 amp breaker in the main panel in the house. Everything I have read tells me that the two hots and the common need to be #4 wire and the ground a #8.

## What is a single pole double breaker?

A single pole breaker is typically used with 120-volt circuits, 15-20 amps. They are constructed with one hot wire and one neutral wire. A double pole breaker is primarily used with a 240-volt circuit, 20-60 amps and consists of two hot wires. The circuit breaker, the wire and the wire insulation are all designed to work together as a system.

## What is a single pole circuit breaker?

Single-pole breakers are the breakers that control virtually all the standard lighting in your home, and all outlets with standard two-slot outlet receptacles. Whenever a circuit trips and the lights and appliances along that circuit fall dark and quiet, it is a single-pole breaker you should inspect.

## What is a circuit breaker box?

Both in a home and in an aircraft, a circuit breaker box or panel is a protective device for opening a circuit automatically when excessive current is flowing through it. A circuit breaker may be reset to restore the circuit after a fault causing excessive current has been corrected.