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Old 05-26-2011, 11:31 PM   #1
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Hi All. I've got a problem with my panel and I'm not sure how to tackle it without running brand new line . So I was hoping to find a solution other than that here. I'd like to put an interlock kit in, but slots 2 and 4 are taken.

(For those that don't know about an interlock kit, it allows you to backfeed your panel from a portable generator via a 30 Amp breaker that would be placed in slots 2 and 4. You install a plate on the panel cover that makes it impossible for the breaker and main to be hot at the same time. Thus making it code vs. a more expensive manual transfer switch.)

Not only that, but the electrician that wired the house didn't leave much slack in the line so I can't just move every breaker down two slots. Anyone have any idea on what I might be able to do?

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MOVE the circuits from slots 2 and 4 to someplace else. Use wire-nuts or other approved splicing methods to extend the wires so they will reach the new breaker location(s).

You MUST use slots 2&4 for the interlockkit to work properly.

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MOVE the circuits from slots 2 and 4 to someplace else. Use wire-nuts or other approved splicing methods to extend the wires so they will reach the new breaker location(s).

You MUST use slots 2&4 for the interlockkit to work properly.
I thought about wire nuts, and haven't check, but just assumed it wasn't code to use those in the load center.
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I thought about wire nuts, and haven't check, but just assumed it wasn't code to use those in the load center.

One of the more popular entries in the ULEC (Urban Ledegon Electrical Code)

It is legal to splice in a panel(looks like@#^$#^ and we can tell a professional wasn't in there)
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If you don't want the splice in the panel install a junction beside the panel. Run your cable into that and then a new piece of NM cable into the panel.
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