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Old 05-25-2009, 09:12 PM   #1
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I am finishing off my basement and added several circuits to my main box. The previous home owner had switched the dryer & stove over to natural gas from electric, so I removed what I thought were "unused" circuits when I added the new lines for the basement. (I actually just taped them off with electrical tape and left them inside the box).

Turns out, that one of the circuits I removed was for the air conditioner, so I need to add that circuit, but need to put it in a different spot within the box from where it had previously been. I have room for it, but I need to make the wires about 8" longer so they will reach to their new space in the box.

Doesn't seem like pigtailing 10-guage wire is a good idea, but I am not seeing anything over the internet that says I cannot do it.

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Yes you can use pigtails in electic panel

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You certainly can do it. Just make sure your splices are sound. It is not as easy for a DIYer to splice #10 as you might think.
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Why not move the other circuit that the A/C breaker was in orginally? It is simpler to pigtail #12 or #14, then #10, #8, #6.
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Try these. Perfect for this job. Yellow for #10.

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Try these. Perfect for this job. Yellow for #10.
Dont use these connectors, you more than likely have solid #10 copper conductors. They dont work worth a hoot on solid wire. Just use wirenuts.
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Try these. Perfect for this job. Yellow for #10.
Great for car stereos and trailer lights, but I have yet to ever seen an electrician use one of them on household wiring. I'd be really curious to see a listing on them to see if they're intended for that application. I might be proved wrong, but I'd definitely question it.

A wire nut or a Wago Wal-nut would be more appropriate I'd think.
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Great for car stereos and trailer lights, but I have yet to ever seen an electrician use one of them on household wiring. I'd be really curious to see a listing on them to see if they're intended for that application. I might be proved wrong, but I'd definitely question it.

A wire nut or a Wago Wal-nut would be more appropriate I'd think.
Well you did ask a good question. The UL listing number is E9809. #12 and smaller, solid wire is acceptable and listed. #12 wire and larger, only stranded. So, OP do not use these on #10. Learn something new every day. Thanks John

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