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Hi, I will be glad to assist you:
What is it that you want to do with these circuits ultimately?
Then YES...you are correct...
As far as the "2008 National Electrical code" is concerned- Keep that 2-pole breaker hooked up-***It keeps you safe because if you are working on the "RED conductor" for example...the white(neutral) conductor will still be carrying current off the black conductor(and vice versa) and can harm you...Having the two pole breaker there is a safety feature that has now been put into the most recent Electrical code book for this reason.
Good Luck to you!!!And no you are not crazy-that is a very smart thing to do!
Sure thing...Just make sure that in the panel you have the white with all the other whites and the ground with all the other grounds(depending on how your panel is set up)
The black and red should be on the 2 pole breaker...
Also, at the junction box of your terminations, use the white conductor for both circuits.(I believe thats what you said you were doing anyways)
***check on that, because I have seen some crazy panel wiring before....
Hello again...there is no need to be concerned, I am here to advise:
What is it that I said that you confirmed exactly?
Also, is there a wall thermostat for this baseboard?
So there is NO in wall thermostat for this.....correct?
And you have your white(neutral) with all others in the panel, you have black and red on the 2 pole breaker...correct? And ground with gounds of course...correct?
Also is this a residence or commercial?
Do you know if there is ANYTHING in line with this circuit? or does it go directly from panel to your GFCI?
Do you know what voltage is present at the GFCI location between the white(neutral conductor) and the black OR red that you chose?
How did you hook up the GFCI?
you said 20 amp breaker. so what size wire?
I find it to be unlikely that is the problem here because this was a functioning unit to begin with.
What colors did you connect to the GFCI?
Its a 15 AMP breaker...no big deal though, besides the fact that somehow the old unit operated without tripping boggles my mind with the amperage it consumed that you provided....Must be a weak breaker, but let's solve one issue at a time anyway.
-What was the reason you replaced the baseboard in the first place?
-Are you sure this is a direct line from panel to recepticle with no boxes or devices or thermostats,etc. in between?
-Do you have a multi meter(voltage meter)
***Check connections at the "break" and elsewhere...give a slight tug on each conductor under thier corresponding wire nut to ensure this.
Keep me posted....I'm here with you-no problem...
That breaker is not delivering 30 amps....its a 15 AMP 2-pole....
You will need to read up on "AC sine wave theory for a 120/240 volt single phase service" to get a clearer image as to why that is...
However, please do and investigate as I advised in my last reply.
It's 15 AMPS per leg if used as 120 volts....TOTAL of 30 AMPS for both...which you are doing....I may have just misread what you said...My apologee
You may contact me again for further advice in this matter...Thanks!