I have a range that needs 10/3 wiring w/ ground, and the wire in place is a 10/2 w/ground. My question is can I just run an additional 10/2 wire and use the black in that 2nd run for the "red" wire, and just cut back the white and ground in the 2nd run. Or do I need to run a new 10/3 wire.

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    Short, quick answer - no, you have to run new 10/3. You can't use two cables to feed one device like that. I'm sure there is a duplicate question asking the same thing. – JPhi1618 Sep 19 '19 at 14:19
  • Yeah, the new trendy thing now is range and oven separates. And another trendy thing is no-neutral ranges, which means the same model can be sold worldwide. (Cheaper ranges want neutral to power internal devices that are available cheaper at 120V, such as clocks and timers. Shouldn't matter for electronics.) – Harper - Reinstate Monica Sep 19 '19 at 16:46
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    Curious if this is only a cooktop. My experience is that a range with an oven will use more than 30A. My point is if you are pulling new wire, you might want to go ahead and size it for at least a 40A range. – JPhi1618 Sep 19 '19 at 17:19

Splittng a circuit across two cables is simply not an option. It cannot be done, and there are big reasons for that, and those reasons are much more critical on high-current devices. This isn't low voltage DC power: this is AC and a whole lot of it.

Usually, in situations like this, the barrier is that the cable is too buried in finished walls to economically replace. You are saying that is not the case for you. Since you would be adding a cable in any case, add a 10/3 cable.

10/2 to a range or oven site is awkward. You can get away with it when installing modern ranges which are designed for the world market, and take 230/240V only. But then you are painted into a corner if you happen to pick a replacement that is North America only. Perhaps this builder reasoned that it would be easy to swap the cable if warranted.

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I have a range that needs 10/3 wiring w/ ground... My question is can I just run an additional 10/2 wire... Or do I need to run a new 10/3 wire

electrically speaking yes it is possible to run a just a new 10/2 wire and only use the black (or white) as the other hot but in order to do so that new hot wire would have to go onto a breaker on the opposite side in the load center (fuse box) so it's 180° out of phase giving you 240v between it and the existing hot wire. I say this to help you understand real reasons why not to do it, other than say "against code". First you are running another wire regardless so run the right size ?/3 wire because everything will be easier and simpler. Biggest reason is if you split the 2 hot legs to separate 1-pole breakers, they will never both trip. Only one will ever trip even if both are the same amperage, being a real safety hazard because one leg will always remain hot at 120 volt above ground. That's why you use a 2-pole breaker which is one unit which will always disconnect both hot legs coming off it when it trips. And then if you did run two separate NM-B wires at that 10 gauge size (but connected the hots to a 2-pole breaker) you would not be able to physically manage the extra wiring at the oven receptacle not to mention it would be against code for NM-B. But if you have conduit and ran THHN wire then yes you would simply pull another THHN wire alongsidse the existing to get your extra hot conductor, or neutral, or extra phase in a 3-phase load. But you said 10/2 and 10/3 so this basically means sheathed NM-B and not THHN in conduit.

if the oven is 240v only then you still use a 2-pole breaker in the load center not exceeding the amperage of what the wire can handle. But In this case you can use the existing 10/2 wire with black to one pole and white to the other pole of this 2 pole breaker, both white & black become hot wires with 240v between them.

you said needs 10/3 wiring so that should mean 120v required in addition to 240v at the oven, so u run 10/3 wire which will have black, red, and white plus the bare copper ground. Still need a 2 pole breaker, with black to one pole red to the other pole giving 240v between red and black, then white neutral wire ties to ground in the load center with rest of the neutrals which then provides 120v at the oven via red/white or black/white.

fyi 10/2 or 10/3 assuming NM-B is rated to 30 amps, so you run it from a 1-pole or 2-pole greater less than or equal to 30 amp. 8/2 or 8/3 wire good up to 40 amps, and 6/2 or 6/3 up to 55 amps. So because you're running wire regardless you may want to future proof for any oven and run 6/3 and never have to worry about re-running wire, just worry about the 2-pole breaker size. And if oven not hardwired do a 4-prong range receptacle good up to 50 amp.

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