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Old 06-25-2010, 05:25 AM   #1
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I'm in the process of swapping out my old panel. I came across a 12/3 cable, where one hot feeds several receptacles and the other feeds a receptacle that was previously dedicated for an a/c window unit (house now has central a/c). Can I just pigtail the two hots together in the breaker panel and avoid a share neutral placing them all on one circuit?

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Were these two hots fed from two halves of a double-pole breaker? If so, this is a Multi-Wire Branch Circuit. If done correctly, they are safe as well, but if you no longer need the a/c, probably no reason not to combine them.
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I discussed it with the inspector today when he was here and he said the same thing.
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If breaker space is not at a premium why bother combining them?
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