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Old 12-04-2012, 03:25 PM   #11
Aug 2010
McLean/Ogden, Virginia/Quebec
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Originally Posted by garbageman View Post
...had read the threads how you can convert to add 4 wires out of your spa disconnect on a 3 prong outlet. But it just didn't seem right.
It isn't. You made the right decision.

There is a workaround for 3 wire if you will only have modest 120V loading (controls, pumps) requirement but 4-wire is best and cheapest if you can pull the wire without having to tear your house apart.

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Old 12-04-2012, 05:16 PM   #12
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Newton, MA
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I agree with the last 2 post. If you shop around you should be able to find an electrician that will do the work in the panel for you.

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Old 12-05-2012, 01:46 AM   #13
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I love those fed pacific panels. They keep me steadily employed. Google search "federal pacific panel" is all I tell my customers. I suggest you don't spend any money on that panel. Just get it changed. negotiate having a brew circuit installed at the same time. Most home insurance companies will drop your coverages if they find you have one of those fireboxes in your casa.

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Old 12-05-2012, 04:34 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by chadillac7819 View Post
that seemed like the easiest option...connect the spa panel directly where the water heater was asn then run wire from the panel in flex tube to my brweery about 15 feet away.

any changes at the box and i would need to call my electrician.
I don't know about your water heaters, but mine have all been 240V only, meaning two hots and ground, whereas most brew setups seem to be geared to 120/240V that use a neutral (and decidedly preferable with dedicated equipment grounding, meaning 4-wire circuit).
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