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    I haven't seen this topic covered elsewhere. I am converting a current 220v stove to gas. The new gas stove requires a 120v circuit for the clock and so on. How do I step down the 220v to 120v?

    There is also a hood with double fans. Under normal circumstances would that have been wired 220? Or would it be on a seperate circuit. Thanks!

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    Oh, it's a three pronged 220 outlet.

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    An electric 220 volt range receptacle is rated for 40 to 60 amps. This is way too much amp rating to serve an ingnitor 120 volt load of a range. This gas range is rated maximum of 20 amps 120 volts. It is not a good idea to try to tap a 20 amp 120 volt receptacle from a 40 or more amp 220 volt receptacle. If you have a range hood above it should be 20 amp 120 volt rated. I suggest you fish a wire down the wall from that range hood and install a remodle box for a 120 volt 20 amp receptacle fished from the range hood. Only do this is the range hood is not a microwave range hood. Also do not discount this as too hard. The wall behind your range if an inside wall will be an empty stud space easy to fish down from the range hood.

    Good Luck

    Wg

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    thanks for the info. I am dubious about fishing the line out of the wall as this is an older home with lath and plaster walls. That makes it a bit harder, no? I was told that I could replace the circuit breaker with a 20amp breaker and install a 120v receptacle. Is that not a good idea? Thanks for your help!

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    What you seek can only be done within the rules of the NEC if your 6 awg range cable is with a black red white and bare or green wire in the cable making four conductors. YOu must have a bare or green and a white and a hot colored wire to do as you wish. Doing this you would wire nut off one hot colored wire of the cable.

    I would be more afraid someone would stick in a 240 volt breaker creating a hazard and be afraid of installing the larger junction box required to convert from the 6 awg wire to the required 12 awg wire rated to connect to a 120 volt 20 amp receptacle. YOu are trying to do much like a kid sticking a huge hemi engine in a volkwagon car in my opinion.

    To me it would be much more easy to fish the wire down from the range hood to a small remodel receptacle box than try and convert a 60 amp rated wire to a 20 amp rated wire.

    Just my thoughts

    Wg

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