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Old 08-16-2012, 01:23 PM   #1
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My name is Sam and i am an amateur at electrical work, and i was wondering, if i have several positive and negative wires, how can i funnel them into one positive wire and one negative?

If someone could help me out i would really appreciate it

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A wire nut.

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Old 08-16-2012, 01:51 PM   #3
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A wire nut.
And you also have to make sure all the voltages are the same.
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My name is Sam and i am an amateur at electrical work, and i was wondering, if i have several positive and negative wires, how can i funnel them into one positive wire and one negative?

If someone could help me out i would really appreciate it

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Hello Sam,

I am afraid it is not quite so simple. First they aren't positive and negative, they are hot and neutral. Further there are two phases of hots and if you connect them you put a dead short across a 240VAC circuit. Quite nasty . Lastly, you cannot connect hots together from different branch circuits even if they are the same phase. That would be in effect back feeding a circuit and rendering the breaker's protection useless.

Can you elaborate on the specific case that might help get to a better response.
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My name is Sam and i am an amateur at electrical work, and i was wondering, if i have several positive and negative wires, how can i funnel them into one positive wire and one negative?

If someone could help me out i would really appreciate it

thanks
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Is this DC (direct current) wiring or AC (alternating current) like in your homes wiring?
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Go to Home Depot (Lowes, Menards, etc.) and spend $20 on a "How to" book. I am serious, that helped me get a start on DIY work. Judging from your question, you are not ready to jump in the pool just yet.

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Some of the amateurs here seem to like the Black & Decker book. I have never seen it myself.
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My name is Sam and i am an amateur at electrical work, and i was wondering, if i have several positive and negative wires, how can i funnel them into one positive wire and one negative?

If someone could help me out i would really appreciate it

thanks
sam
Most would say to just "wire nut them"
however things arn't that simplistic.

Please tell us more about these wires ?
and where they are in your wiring system ?

Because some places you can connect them together !
And other places you cannot !
So we need to know more !
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Some of the amateurs here seem to like the Black & Decker book. I have never seen it myself.
It's probably one of the better ones for homeowners ... as you know there is no replacement for knowing the why of electrical wiring, grounding and bonding but the graphics in that book are covering the most common work done by homeowners. There are actually two of them one is called the 'advanced version'. Frankly some of our trade text books would not be understood by a homeowner without the classroom instruction and field experience that goes along with them. Soares can at times make me scratch my head.
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Some of the amateurs here seem to like the Black & Decker book. I have never seen it myself.
I prefer "Practical Electrical Wiring" originally written by H.P. Ritcher.


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