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Determine wire gauge

Posted by Steve C on June 22nd, 1999 04:39 PM

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Is there any trick to determining wire gauge when you can't see the print on the insulation. My 20 year old kitchen has 15 A outlets on a 20 A breaker and I fear that the wire is 14 guage. How could this happen? Houses were inspected back in the '70s were they not?
I can not get to the wire at any other place than inside the outlet box and I can' find any print. Any ideas what I can do to determine if this is 12 or 14 (DOH!).


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