Wiring Sizes and Usage in your Florida Home
It is very important that the correct size wire is used of the application. Wire size must be matched to the load and the breaker or fuse it will be connected to.
The use of wiring that is too light for the load, a breaker or fuse that has a higher amperage rating than the connected wire, or a connected appliance or sub panel that is too large for the wiring are the main causes of electrical fires.
Wiring used outside must be sunlight resistant outdoor wiring if above ground, and if going underground must be a type approved for burial. The use of indoor wire outside is prohibited due to the fact that it will deteriorate and fail.
Wiring size is measured by gauge.
Suggested Gauge vs. Breaker Amp
Incoming Service Cable Sizing:
Common Usage - Breaker / Fuse size:
*Check the rating on the appliance tag.
NOTE: A heavier wire may be used than the size required, a lighter gauge can never be used. Extension cord wire, lamp wire or wire less than 14 gauge can not be used for any wiring.
Remember to find a Tampa Certified ASHI Home Inspector prior to closing on your new Tampa area home. Links to other Independent Home Inspectors in Florida, and outside the state, can be found from our home page.