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Thread: 3 wire receptacle or 4 wire for a range

  1. #1
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    Feb 2013

    Wink 3 wire receptacle or 4 wire for a range

    I am trying to do a little work and have an electrician check it. I have a tenant with a range that is a 3 prong 50amp 125/250 (looks like the 10-50R).

    List of materials purchased:
    50 amp Siemens Circuit Breaker
    25 ft of 6/3 Aluminum wire
    Cable Brackets
    50amp 125/250V receptacle

    I am aware that the code changed in 1999 requiring 4 wire, albeit after I purchased this stuff. Would it be better for longevity to install 6/4 rather than the 6/3 and have the 3 prong range plug rewired? Not even sure if you can install the 3wire, though it is an old house. .

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Welland Ontario


    6/3 cable is the proper cable. It has three conductors AND a ground. If the stove has a three prong plug, the cord should be changed to the four prong variety.
    Operation Overlord.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Welland, Ontario Canada


    Out of curiosity where are your from? Most insurance companies in Canada will not allow AL wire to be installed for branch circuits.


    John Kuehnl-Cadwell
    Master Electrician
    Datawise Solutions Inc

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