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An insulated single wire cable (with about 10 bundled copper wires) that is marked 900V and is about 60 feet long will carry how many Amps? I have a sub-panel in my garage that feeds from a 60 amp breaker in the house. The wires in the buried conduit that feed the aux. panel in the garage are nontraditional and have printed on them that they have a 900v capacity. The panel was partially wired but has not been in service since it was installed. I want to know if these wires are safe for carrying the electricity to the garage. Also, I could get a smaller breaker (50 or even 40 amps would be adequate service at present) but would like to have the added capacity for adding some tools (welding equipment and table saw).


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How wide is each strand? – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Aug 6 '13 at 23:29
The answer to this question depends as much (or more) on building codes than it does on the physics of the situation. The question would be a better fit on DIY.stackexchange.com. I've flagged it to alert the moderators. – The Photon Aug 6 '13 at 23:30
Even on DIY, you'll need to specify what is the gage (AWG) or cross-sectional area of the wire. Just knowing there are 10 wires in the bundle tells us very little. The 900 V rating is more about the characteristics of the insulation, and it doesn't indicate at all the ampacity of the wire. – The Photon Aug 6 '13 at 23:32
Finally, a "single wire" will only carry current in one direction... you need a second wire to return current and form a circuit. – The Photon Aug 6 '13 at 23:41
Without the OP including the wire gauge, perhaps someone could answer with the minimum gauge required to support a 60 amp service over that distance. – BMitch Aug 7 '13 at 13:38