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Old 05-03-2011, 06:44 AM   #1
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Is it legal to butt splice wires in a panel that are too short?

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Wire-nutted extensions INSIDE the panel are allowed, I do believe.

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What you really need to do, is go buy a Wire Stretcher.

Danger mouse, it depends on local AHJ if they like that as a fix or not. Some frown on that practice, especially if they have a hair up their rear when inspecting home owner builds or mods to a system.
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What you really need to do, is go buy a Wire Stretcher.

Danger mouse, it depends on local AHJ if they like that as a fix or not. Some frown on that practice, especially if they have a hair up their rear when inspecting home owner builds or mods to a system.
They may frown on it, but unless a local code prohibits, the NEC allows it.
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What you really need to do, is go buy a Wire Stretcher..
1. When you stretch a wire, it gets thinner and therefore won't carry as many amperes.
2. It is impossible to grip the last few feet of a current carrying conductor and stretch it without breaking the insulation.

It is okay to splice on a short length of wire (a pigtail) so the circuit whose wire is already inside the panel can be connected the terminal you want.
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It is a joke Allan. Just like the Wood Stretcher joke, etc.

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