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C_J_GO 03-05-2009 05:07 PM

14/3 used as 14/2 What to do with RED wire?
 
This is my last homerun from an electrical outlet into my subpanel (6 feet) and all i have left for wire is some 14/3. What should i do with the extra (red) wire? Can I just cut it out, or do I have to cap it on both ends?

220/221 03-05-2009 05:11 PM

Leave it in the box/panel and cap it. NEVER cut a wire completely off. Ya never know when somebody might need it.

rgsgww 03-05-2009 06:02 PM

Just nut it. Spare wires can be a blessing in the future.

Leah Frances 03-05-2009 06:54 PM

Do yourself and everyone who might work on it in the future a favor. Label it.

chris75 03-05-2009 10:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 220/221 (Post 240686)
Leave it in the box/panel and cap it. NEVER cut a wire completely off. Ya never know when somebody might need it.

You sound like a man of experience! :) Damn that makes me mad!

rgsgww 03-06-2009 07:15 AM

I hate it when somebody cuts that important wire off...or when they leave like 1" of length.

J. V. 03-06-2009 12:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by C_J_GO (Post 240684)
This is my last homerun from an electrical outlet into my subpanel (6 feet) and all i have left for wire is some 14/3. What should i do with the extra (red) wire? Can I just cut it out, or do I have to cap it on both ends?

As long as the the circuit is on a 15 amp breaker. Even if you pulled 12/2, then you add this short length of 14/3, it now a 15 amp circuit. All of it.

No, do not cut the red out. Leave it as long as possible, put a wire nut on it and mark it as "Spare".

KE2KB 03-06-2009 06:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by J. V. (Post 240993)
As long as the the circuit is on a 15 amp breaker. Even if you pulled 12/2, then you add this short length of 14/3, it now a 15 amp circuit. All of it.

No, do not cut the red out. Leave it as long as possible, put a wire nut on it and mark it as "Spare".

Just what I was thinking. You cannot use the #14 if the branch is more than 15A

FW


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