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Old 11-28-2007, 06:42 AM   #1
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I have recently had my service updated. The elactrician put in a new box and rewired all the breakers. Since then, ive added a few here and there and followed the other wires. My question is, should the wires come into the box go 90 degrees into the breaker or should there be extra wire in there. Im helping a buddy rewire his and it looks like a rat nest. Im not sure it will pass inspection. Any thoughts?

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rick.....I do not understand your question,

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Old 11-28-2007, 01:44 PM   #3
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How neat dose the wiring in the pannel have to be?
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normally the wires are ran neatly around the outside of the other breakers. Do you mean there are wires crossing across the other breakers?

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Old 11-28-2007, 03:39 PM   #5
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How neat dose the wiring in the pannel have to be?
As neat as possible. No crossing the other breakers. Use a little common sense. The electricity could care less how neat it is in there. However, as you have a little experience working in panels, you can see where an initial neat install helps out later. The National Electric Code has

110.12 Mechanical Execution of Work: Electrical equipment shall be installed in a neat and workmanlike manner.

A totally unenforceable code... Never been called on it would would laugh out loud if I was.

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Old 11-28-2007, 04:20 PM   #6
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My question is, should the wires come into the box go 90 degrees into the breaker or should there be extra wire in there
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You bet it should. You don't want or need to have a gob of excess wire. Bring your wire down and just gently bend it around your finger then go straight over to your breaker. Same with the grounds and neutrals to their appropriate holes in the neutral and ground bar. If you want to have excess wire allow for it outside the panel. Example.....

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As for inside make it look like this........No rat nests!!
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Old 11-28-2007, 06:41 PM   #7
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Remember that the more slop, and wires going this way and that will make future troubleshooting even more difficult.

Troubleshooting is hard enough, it doesn't pay to make it any tougher...

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Old 11-29-2007, 10:39 AM   #8
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I know electrical codes varry from state to state. I was just wondering. My friend has 2 50 amp pannels. We converted house back to a single family dwelling. Due to constant wiring and rewiring (were learning as we go) He left the cover off the pannels for a while. Being that the boxes are in the basement, Im worried about moisture. He has a dehumidifier that runs nonstop. So its pretty dry. He dose have corrosion on the neutral strip in the one pannel. It crackeled a little when i tightened the screws Should I replace the screws or the whole strip?
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you mean it shouldnt look like this???


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