Dryer feed, how far is too far?

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by acr_scout, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. acr_scout

    acr_scout DIY Junior Member

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    Hello,

    I am considering moving my laundry from the basement to the living level. (Gotta keep the wife happy).

    I have two questions

    1) How far is too far to run 10/3 cable? It looks like I will need about 70' to get from the box to the new dryer point.

    2) If the distance is not too far, do I have to drill every floor joist or can I nail up so 1x4 and surface mount the cable?

    Thank you,
    Fred
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    First, what size circuit breaker does the dryer require? That, along with the length, will determine what size wire gauge is required. 10g may be too small.
  3. acr_scout

    acr_scout DIY Junior Member

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    30 Amps 220 v
  4. acr_scout

    acr_scout DIY Junior Member

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    30 Amps 220 v
  5. jwelectric

    jwelectric Electrical Contractor/Instructor

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    nail the 1 by then install the 10/3 on top (or bottom depneding on you outlook)
  6. Bobelectric

    Bobelectric Electrical Contractor

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    Drill It!.......
  7. teamo

    teamo New Member

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    Use the #10 copper and a 30 amp breaker and you should be fine.
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