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Old 01-26-2010, 10:16 PM   #1
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Two part question that where I've seen elsewhere, no one could ever sight code to backup their claim.

1. Is it legal to strip a conductor in the middle, wrap it around a screw terminal, and use the end of the conductor on another device? (I think this might be called a rabbit ear).

Some have claimed this was something allowed decades ago (but I've found rabbit ears in my 12yo home).

Some have claimed that you are not allowed to strip a conductor "in the middle" (therefore making a rabbit ear would be against code).

2. Assuming someone can sight where NEC does not allow #1, what about for grounds? The wire doesn't have to be stripped, so could you use a series of rabbit ears to ground all the switches in a gang box with a single neutral, no pig-tails?

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Old 01-26-2010, 10:20 PM   #2
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Are you talking grounds....or neutrals ?
You mention both at the same time

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what about for grounds? The wire doesn't have to be stripped, so could you use a series of rabbit ears to ground all the switches in a gang box with a single neutral, no pig-tails?
You do not use a neutral as a ground

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Are you talking grounds....or neutrals ?
You mention both at the same time



You do not use a neutral as a ground

Sorry, typo...

You guys are answering questions so fast (thanks a lot for that by the way) that every answer provided seems to lead me to another question and the cycle continues...

So lets try again:

#1. Does NEC allow striping a conductor (black/white/red) mid-wire for a rabbit ear on screw terminals?

#2. If NEC shoots down #1, can you rabbit ear ground wire since they don't have to be stripped?
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Check this thread for discussion:

pig tailing switches

IMO its legal & meets code
Of course an inspector may or may not like it
I've done it in the past, just need to leave enough wire
I just use pigtails now, faster IMO
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Actually, I had seen that other thread before I started this one. I did, how ever, fail to realize it was an on-going discussion. When I found it with a search, I assumed it was an old post, and the question of whether it meets code or not seemed to still be open to debate (aside from Scuba_Dave's).

As such, I guess these two threads need to be merged or this one deleted.
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