What Gauge Wire Do You Use to Wire an Electric Baseboard?

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Electric baseboards pull a lot of energy, so you want to make sure that you're running the proper wire. Find out what gauge wire you need to use to wire an electric baseboard with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Hello everyone, I'm Joshua Clement and this is, "What gauge wire to run for an electric baseboard?" Now, electric baseboards pull a lot of energy, so you want to make sure that you're running the proper wire there. You also want to make sure that you figure out whether you're just running a single pole or a double pole thermostat for that electric baseboard. If you're running just one baseboard on a single pole, you can go ahead and use a 12-2 wire. One will be your ground and then two will be your hot. What I'd do is I like to mark it with a piece of tape, like electrical tape and mark hot on there so the next person down the line that ends up working with this, they can see that it's a hot and know that it's not just a common, which common is usually send to ground. So, a 12-2 wire will work just fine for that because an electric baseboard doesn't have a common or a neutral station on it. It only has ground and two hots. So, a 12-2 wire will work great if you're just running one thermostat and one baseboard heater. You want to make sure that you're running a single pole thermostat too. Now, it's a good idea before you do any electrical work to go ahead and check with the local codes in your area. Also, read the instruction manual, see if they've changed anything that they want it; if you do it a little bit different than they require in their instructions, it might void your warranty. Thank you all for watching and good luck with this project.

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