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Old 04-08-2011, 10:01 AM   #1
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double tap question

i have 2 double taps and i know to pigtail the wires together so that there are not 2 under the screw.

One problem i have is that there is a 20 amp breaker and 1 wire is 12 awg and 1 is 14awg. any solutions??

the only thought i had was i have another 15 amp breaker that only has 2 outlets and 2 lights and pigtailing the 14 awg onto that breaker.

rewiring and sepertating things is in my future, but i want to at least make it safer for the time being.


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yes, the #14 needs to be on a 15 amp breaker.. If that #14 is part of a MWBC, just be sure that whatever breaker you tag it to is on the same leg as the current breaker.

also, there are a few circuits in the house that are not to be shared with other areas of the house. Depending on how it is wired, that could be the bath and it definitely is the kitchen.


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If there is any 14 AWG wire in the circuit, the max breaker size must be 15 amps. It would be better to add a new 15 amp breaker and split the existing circuit up. If you do not have any spare slots or cannot use mini breakers, pigtail to an existing 15 amp circuit with a light load.
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