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Dimplex baseboard heater wiring

I'm wiring a dimplex baseboard heater. It has a single pole thermostat. I've been told to use 12/2 wire from a double pole 20 amp breaker to the single pole thermostat. There is no neutral wire does this matter?

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  • Phlipkat C Oct 07, 2013

    Where do the wires go then?

  • Phlipkat C Oct 07, 2013

    I have a Black and a red

  • Anonymous Mar 20, 2014

    Thermostat

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    I just wont a diagram

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No does not matter but you must have a ground leg

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