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Old 04-05-2008, 12:36 PM   #1
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When the old home owner moved the electric panel, they left the old box as an enclosure for the wiring. It's big and an eyesore. I would like to remove it and install a smaller enclosure box to house the wiring.

I found the enclosure box below at HDepot, and turning the power off and marking the wires before disconnecting is straight forward. My question is regarding the ground bar on the right hand side of the photo. What is the proper way to deal with this in regards to the new enclosure? Can it be removed and reconnected to the new enclosure?? I want to make sure I do everything correctly.

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There seems to be only one ground in the box. So, verifying that you have a good ground, you should be fine in just attaching the wire to a screw in a tapped hole in your new box. It likely already has a hole tapped for a 10-32 screw. It wouldn't hurt to use bond bushings on the other conduits and jump them all to this screw as well.


Edit: Holy Cripes! I didn't see the green wire tied with the reds! You need to figure out just exactly you have going on there first. Or have an electrician do it.


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Great. I appreciate the fast feedback.
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Why is there a green wire spliced with a group of reds? If that is a hot wire, then you should mark it somehow to note that it is hot. USe something like a sharpie and color ot black or red, or use black or red tape.
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Doesn't seem to me your alternative is much of an improvement...
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Doesn't seem to me your alternative is much of an improvement...
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder IMO, a 6x6 box is much less of an eyesore than a old full length dead breaker box. If it was as simple as boarding it over I would.

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Why is there a green wire spliced with a group of reds? If that is a hot wire, then you should mark it somehow to note that it is hot. USe something like a sharpie and color ot black or red, or use black or red tape.
I'm a novice, but understand. I'll mark it accordingly.

After pulling the covers off, I see there is a large white wire connecting to the bar with the ground. I believe it's called a neutral bus bar.? Can you advise how to deal with this? Thanks.
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You have a couple of issues that only someone onsite will be able to evaluate.
After seeing the second pic. I would recommend an electrician.
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My electrician friend came by today and confirmed it was okay to proceed with the exposure box. A quick pull on the feed coming for the top confirmed it was cut/disconnected and the previous electrician just chose to leave it connected at the box.

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