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  1. #1
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    Default double outlet for flatscreen and powered antenna

    hi all,
    i have an outlet that i want to fix.
    it was run with regular household wire.
    i believe i need stranded wire for the boat wireing application(solid is ran allready)
    i figure i can trace the path or use the house wireing as the fish to pull the good stuff thru.

    so i guess my question is
    what guage does that wire gotta be?

    this outlet will be used to power a 20 in led tv,
    and a powered omnidirectional antenna
    i would like to go larger than needed to allow for future ad ons or an extra outlet

    whadya think
    Mark
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    15 amp circuits need to be 14 gauge wire, and 20 amp circuits need to be 12 gauge wire. marine wire is stranded and tinned with solder, to prevent corrosion. Do not use wirenuts on connections, but crimped connectors with heat shrink on them.

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    thanks gsent,
    following you so far,, crimped with heatshrink got it.

    so where i am lost is the guage i guess.
    i havn't torn down to where the old 110 household wire attatches(heads towards the outlets near the shorepower panel and breaker boxes for the fridge etc...)
    dont know what amp circut i need.
    i dont want to overdrive or overheat the wires.
    so if my choice was to be 15 amp or 20 i will pick 20 amp 12 guage.

    is a 20 amp cicut enough to power the tv and antenna?

    thanks again for the info
    Mark
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    15 or 20 amp is plenty. The breaker in the panel that feeds the circuit, is what governs the wire size.



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    sweet, thanks.
    ill check what i got and go from there.
    so its not outa the question to add another outlet inline while i am at it for cell phone chargers etc...
    my current set up my phones end up either on the floor charging or in the......sink

    i guess i was nervous i didnt want smaller wires to heat up and ...? not my idea of heated cabin. lol.

    thanks again for all the help
    merry xmas,,,
    hohoho
    Mark
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