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Old 09-04-2006, 10:17 PM   #1
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My mother-in-law had a townhouse inspected and the inspector said the electrical box was not wired correctly. He said the neutrals should be separate from the grounds. I posted a picture of the box. The townhouse was built 12 or 13yrs ago. Could one of you please take a look and let me know whether this is a hazard or not? I can't see this being a problem if it's been like this for 12 or 13yrs, which is an assumption.
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Old 09-04-2006, 10:30 PM   #2
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I cannot see from the far away pic. Are there neutrals and grounds together under one screw in the bar? If so, then yes, if you can change it, do. Is it the end of the world if you don't, absolutey not.

In my area many guys still do this and it is passed without question.
I myself haven't done it this way for years.

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If this box is the first disconnect after the meter then neutral and ground are allowed to be connected in the same bus bar. Only one neutral is allowed to be under each screw. More than one ground is allowed under a screw.
If this is a sub panel fed from another panel then the neutral and ground must be kept in separate bus bars.
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I cannot see from the far away pic. Are there neutrals and grounds together under one screw in the bar? If so, then yes, if you can change it, do. Is it the end of the world if you don't, absolutey not.

In my area many guys still do this and it is passed without question.
I myself haven't done it this way for years.
I hope this pic is better....
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Old 09-06-2006, 09:02 AM   #5
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Regardless of whether or not it's allowed in a particular situation, I've heard this is a favorite of home inspectors. Even if it is OK in a particular situation, apparently is a common recommendation to change it. Home inspectors rarely let anything go, including small, minute details. In this case it may or may not be a small detail, you've gotta figure out if its allowed based on the criteria mentioned, but don't be surprised if you find out its technically ok, but still noted by the inspector.
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I still can't tell if that is a main panel or a sub panel. How many wires come in on the feeder cable. Meaning does a seperate neutral and ground wire come into the panel in the same conduit or cable?

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