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Old 12-01-2008, 01:23 PM
 
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Default wire size

will a 6gauge wire fit into a 60amp breaker?
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Old 12-01-2008, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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What is the maximum load for a number 6 wire? Thanks!? - Yahoo! Answers

Do not use a 100 amp breaker on 6 ga wire. 6 ga wire is good for 55 to 75 amps depending on the wire type and length, over 50 feet but under 100 feet, you reduce the load or increase the wire size.

6 is typically conservatively wired to a 50 A breaker. Return what you bought and get the right stuff. Your local electrical inspector should help you out when you got the permit to upgrade your service.

That's from the link. I know nothing about electrical wiring.
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Old 12-02-2008, 05:01 AM
 
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Here's a chart on the size. 6 Gauge is listed as .162" in diameter. That must be a solid wire. Stranded is bigger.

American wire gauge - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


My concession trailer has a 6 gauge stranded cord that I routinely stick in 20-40 amp breakers without a problem. It's not twisted as tight anymore, so the wire is even wider.

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Old 12-02-2008, 07:44 AM
 
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will a 6gauge wire fit into a 60amp breaker?
Yes, 6 gauge wire will definitely fit in the lugs of a 60 amp circuit breaker. In fact, a 60 map circuit breaker will take up to size #2 gauge wire.
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Old 12-02-2008, 09:39 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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will a 6gauge wire fit into a 60amp breaker?
It will fit no problem, the question that is most important is what type wire and how is it being used? Free air (not in pipe, raceway, or multiple conductor cable) and not bundled with other cables and it is aluminum you are fine (NEC table 310-17). If it is Aluminum and in just about any other application you are oversizing the breaker (NEC table 310-16). If you have copper conductors it is fine.
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Old 12-02-2008, 06:39 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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The breakers themselves will usually say somewhere on the package or breaker itself on what wire size range it will accept.
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