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Old 06-11-2010, 07:13 PM   #1
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I am in the process of wrapping up my rough electric for my basement and am tying the subpanel into the main service panel. The exsiting service wires need to be pushed into the box deeper so they dont rub on the service cover. Is it safe to push on the service wires? I dont want to pull the meter if it isnt needed but I do want to be safe. Any advise would be appreciated. The panel is only 5 years old and the wire coating is in new condition.

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Old 06-12-2010, 03:15 PM   #2
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The insulation on the service wires is already touching eachother, touching metal conduit, etc. If there is no smoke or fire, you can touch it too.

If you want to be paranoid, get yourself a pair of gloves meant for electrical work, and don't stand on something that will ground you.

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be cautious where your hands would go if you slipped off

be sure you are not causing the wires to pull on the lugs too hard

be sure you do not push the wire against something that is sharp enough to cut the insulation


If the wires will not stay back, you can use nylon zip ties to tie the wire down. There are a lot of panels that have little bent out tie down points. I often use a tek screw and a nylon zip tie with a loop on the end.
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I appreciate the replies! I get a little paranoid working around the live stuff! Especially when the service wires are about the size of a good cigar. I know just enough to be dangerous but not stupid-I hope! Thanks agan for the advice, Doug
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