8 + 8 Gauge = 4 Gauge?

1stclasso
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Posted: April 04, 2006 at 9:09 PM / IP Logged
ok i stand corrected! i guess because there is no way i would think of doing this....lol
Poormanq45
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Posted: April 04, 2006 at 9:57 PM / IP Logged
JdM xplod b01: you're pulling 60amps MAX.
If you want to save money you could jus tuse a 12awg romex. USing all three wires will get you your 60amp capacity
audiocableguy
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Posted: April 05, 2006 at 10:50 AM / IP Logged
I was always told two wires of the same AWG added together only increases the wire size 3 sizes larger not double! Two #8 would equal 5 AWG.
haemphyst
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audiocableguy wrote:
 I was always told two wires of the same AWG added together only increases the wire size 3 sizes larger not double! Two #8 would equal 5 AWG.
Yep, in this case, two #8's (16484 circular mils) does roughly equal a single #5 (32974 circular mils).
Here's a calculator for figuring what wires doubled or tripled up make what size wire... Sure, you've got to do a little math, geez... you want me to do it ALL for you?
It all reminds me of something that Molière once said to Guy de Maupassant at a café in Vienna: "That's nice.﻿ You should write it down."
gbear14275
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Posted: April 06, 2006 at 12:03 AM / IP Logged

Who wants to know about wires?? ;)

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