||11-09-2006 01:49 PM
Multiple feeds on 14/3 wire
I climbed into my attic to check out the possibility of adding a bathroom fan the other day and had the pleasure of finding some wiring which looks like it was completed by a 16 year old hooking up a car stereo. 2 places in my attic there are junctions that are wire-nutted and taped and are not enclosed in a box. I have fixed them both by enclosing them but I have a question about how a circuit is wired. It looks like an additional circuit was added to feed can lights in my kitchen. The feed for the original fixture which is now a fan was rerouted to feed the can lights on a 3 way switch. This feed comes from the other side of the room and all looks well. The new feed (to replace the feed to the fan) is spliced off a hot wire in the attic and feeds a switch and then on to the fan. A piece of 14/3 was used to get power from the 3 way switch to the can lights on the red wire. It passes through my new junction box and on to the can lights. The other leg of that 14/3 (black) is used to feed the switch that operates the fan (it picks up power from wires passing through my new junction box and runs down to the switch and back to the fan on a piece of 12/2) The question is - is it to code to have 2 sources in the same junction box and is it kosher to use different leads in the same cable to feed different fixtures. This is all on one breaker.