American Wire Gauge (

**AWG**) is a system of numerical wire sizes that start with the lowest numbers (6/0) for the largest sizes. The gauge sizes are each 26% apart based on the cross sectional area.**AWG**is also known as Brown & Sharpe Gage. SWG = Standard or Sterling Wire Gauge, a British wire**measurement**system.What is the gauge of the wire?

American

**wire gauge**(AWG), also known as the Brown & Sharpe**wire gauge**, is a logarithmic stepped standardized**wire gauge**system used since 1857 predominantly in North America for the**diameters**of round, solid, nonferrous, electrically conducting**wire**. The AWG tables are for a single, solid, round conductor.1

## What size wire do I need for 30 amps?

Wire Gauge and Ampacity

Wire Use | Rated Ampacity | Wire Gauge |
---|---|---|

Electric Clothes Dryers, 220-volt Window Air Conditioners, Built-in Ovens, Electric Water Heaters | 30 Amps | 10 Gauge |

Cook Tops | 45 Amps | 8 Gauge |

Electric Furnaces, Large Electric Heaters | 60 Amps | 6 Gauge |

Electric Furnaces, Large Electric Water Heaters, Sub Panels | 80 Amps | 4 Gauge |

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## How many amps can go through 18 gauge wire?

Types of Cord | Gauge Size Range | Ampacity of Current-Carrying Conductors (amperes) |
---|---|---|

0 - 50 ft. (0 - 15.2 m) | ||

SJT - Service Junior Thermoplastic SJTOW - Service Junior Thermoplastic Oil Resistant Weather-resistant | 18 AWG | 10 Amps 7 Amps |

16 AWG | 13 Amps 10 Amps | |

14 AWG | 18 Amps 15 Amps |

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## What gauge wire do I need for 1500 watt amp?

What Gauge Wire Do I Need For My Amp?

Wire Gauge Size | Total Amplifier RMS Wattage |
---|---|

0/1 AWG | 1000+ Watts |

2 AWG | 1000-1500 Watts |

4 AWG | 400-1000 Watts |

6 AWG | 600-800 Watts |

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## What gauge is 1.6 mm wire?

Wire Gauge Conversion Chart

Wire Gauge | Precious Metal (AWG) | Base Metal (SWG) |
---|---|---|

16 | 0.051" 1.291 mm | 0.062" 1.6 mm |

14 | 0.064" 1.63 mm | 0.08" 2.0 mm |

13 | -- | -- |

12 | 0.081" 2.025 mm | 0.104" 2.64 mm |

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## What size wire do I need for a 200 amp service?

SERVICE ENTRANCE CONDUCTORS SIZE AND RATING | ||
---|---|---|

Service or Feeder Rating | Copper Conductors | Aluminum or Copper-Clad Aluminum |

125 Amps | #2 AWG | #1/0 AWG |

150 Amps | #1 AWG | #2/0 AWG |

200 Amps | #2/0 AWG | #4/0 AWG |

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## What is the measurement gauge?

1. Unit of thickness of a metal sheet or wire. (1) For sheet metal, a retrogressive scale (higher numbers mean lower thickness) that starts with 10

**gauge**representing a thickness of 3.416 millimeters or 0.1345 inches. As the**gauge**number increases, the thickness drops by 10 percent.7

## Is there a difference between AWG and gauge?

The confusion continues with all the ways

**AWG**can be abbreviated. For example, you or I might say or jot down that a conductor is “12**gauge**”. But, that can also be expressed**as**12**AWG**, #12, No. 12, No. 12**AWG**, or 12 ga. They all mean the**same thing**and are used interchangeably.8

## What is gauge thickness?

Sheet metal is metal formed by an industrial process into thin, flat pieces. In the US, the

**thickness**of sheet metal is commonly specified by a traditional, non-linear measure known as its**gauge**. The larger the**gauge**number, the thinner the metal. Commonly used steel sheet metal ranges from 30**gauge**to about 7**gauge**.9

## What size wire do I need for a 100 amp service?

You

**need**a 3-3-3-5 copper SER cable to carry**100 amps**(that's three #3 gauge for the two hot**wires**and the neutral and a #5 gauge for the ground). If you want to use aluminum, you**need**at least #2 gauge or perhaps #1.10

## What is the meaning of ampacity?

**Ampacity**is a portmanteau for ampere capacity defined by National Electrical Safety Codes, in some North American countries.

**Ampacity**is defined as the maximum amount of electric current a conductor or device can carry before sustaining immediate or progressive deterioration.

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## How does wire size affect current?

The larger the cross sectional area, the lower the resistance since the electrons have a larger area to flow through. This will continue to apply no matter how thick the

**wire**is. The electron flow will adjust itself to whatever the**wire**thickness is. Electricity is nothing but the flow of electrons through a material.12

## How is the gauge of a shotgun determined?

Shotguns are classified by

**gauge**, which is a**measure**related to the diameter of the smooth**shotgun**bore and the size of the shotshell designed for that bore.**Gauge**is determined by the number of lead balls of size equal to the approximate diameter of the bore that it takes to weigh one pound.13

## What size wire do I need for a 50 amp circuit?

Wire Size and Amp Ratings

Copper | Aluminum | |
---|---|---|

60°C (140°F) | 75°C (167°F) | |

8 | 40 | 40 |

6 | 55 | 50 |

4 | 70 | 65 |

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## What is the meaning of SWG?

It is also known as: Imperial Wire Gauge or British Standard Gauge. Use of

**SWG**sizes has fallen greatly in popularity, but is still used as a measure of thickness in guitar strings and some electrical wire. Cross sectional area in square millimetres is now a more popular size measurement.15

## What is the unit of measurement is used for the cross sectional area of wires?

Rather than measure small wire sizes in inches, the unit of “

**mil**” (1/1000 of an**inch**) is often employed. The cross-sectional area of a wire can be expressed in terms of**square**units (**square**inches or**square mils**),**circular mils**, or “gauge” scale.16

## What does gauge mean in jewelry?

It refers to how big of a

**piercing**hole is needed to accommodate the jewelry.**Gauge**is abbreviated g.**Gauge**sizes are usually a number followed by g or the word**gauge**.**Gauge**sizes work in reverse,**meaning**that higher numbers (like 16**gauge**) are thinner than smaller numbers (like a 6**gauge**).17

## What is bigger 14 or 16 gauge wire?

Thick

**wire**(12 or**14 gauge**) is recommended for long**wire**runs, high power applications, and low-impedance speakers (4 or 6 ohms). For relatively short runs (less than 50 feet) to 8 ohm speakers,**16 gauge wire**will usually do just fine.18

## What is 18 AWG wire?

American

**wire**gauge (**AWG**), also known as the Brown & Sharpe**wire**gauge, is a logarithmic stepped standardized**wire**gauge system used since 1857 predominantly in North America for the diameters of round, solid, nonferrous, electrically conducting**wire**.19

## What size wire do I need for a 20 amp breaker?

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**gauge wire**is the next**size**larger and is allowed to carry up to**20 amps**. As a result, the**amp**rating of a**circuit**breaker has the following relation to the**wire size**that has been chosen. A**20**-**amp**breaker is never* allowed to run any**circuit**whose**wires**(anywhere on the**circuit**) are 14-**gauge**.20

## What diameter is 10 gauge wire?

Wire Gauge vs. Diameter

AWG gauge | Conductor Diameter Inches | Ohms per 1000 ft. |
---|---|---|

7 | 0.14430 | 0.4982 |

8 | 0.12850 | 0.6282 |

9 | 0.11440 | 0.7921 |

10 | 0.10190 | 0.9989 |