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An electrical question. My home used to have electric heat and after it was replaced the circuit breakers for all the electric baseboard heat remained in the main electric panel. They are double 50 amp 220 breakers, can I replace one with a 60 amp breaker and run 6-3 wire about 80 feet into the shop to wire up our old electric stove to use for Powder Coat ? The stove is looking for 60 amps circuit according to our local building codes, and the new 4 conductor 220 wire. Any thoughts would be appreciated, Mike B

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With that length of wire, I'd use a thicker wire than would normally be recommended. If 6-gauge is supposed to be OK for 60 amps, I'd use 4-gauge for a long run like that.
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yes.. I agree.... better to have a heavier wire and be ok,,, than a wire that isn't heavy enough,, and burn - up your garage... overkill is better than underkill....
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Your local lowes, menards, home depot, etc will have a chart posted that tells you what wire to use according to amps and length of run.
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