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jackwashere 11-15-2012 05:58 PM

main lug hot wire connector
 
A main lug has 2 spaces for 4 circuits. There are two places to connect the two phases of hot wire to. If I only have one hot wire available can I create a connector between the two locations where you are supposed to connect hot wires in the main lug? Is that safe or is that a big no-no?

The one hot wire available will never have more than 30A and the main lug is rated at 60A so don't worry about overloading anything.

sgip2000 11-15-2012 06:07 PM

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Originally Posted by jackwashere (Post 1053035)
A main lug has 2 spaces for 4 circuits. There are two places to connect the two phases of hot wire to. If I only have one hot wire available can I create a connector between the two locations where you are supposed to connect hot wires in the main lug? Is that safe or is that a big no-no?

The one hot wire available will never have more than 30A and the main lug is rated at 60A so don't worry about overloading anything.

Is this for a subpanel?

jbfan 11-15-2012 06:41 PM

You would have to splice them and not use the lug for 2 wires.

jackwashere 11-15-2012 07:14 PM

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Originally Posted by sgip2000 (Post 1053045)
Is this for a subpanel?

exactamundo

jackwashere 11-15-2012 07:14 PM

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Originally Posted by jbfan (Post 1053074)
You would have to splice them and not use the lug for 2 wires.

by splice you mean outside the box?

what is the difference between doing that and connecting them inside the box?

jbfan 11-15-2012 07:20 PM

Splice them inside the box.
The lugs are rated for 1 wire only.

sgip2000 11-16-2012 12:32 AM

Since your subpanel will be on only one leg, be sure to balance your load across both legs.


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