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Old 10-04-2008, 03:42 PM   #1
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I am sorry for all my questions today, just trying to get this all figured out.

The neutral bar in my current box is at the very top, and the neutrals are all cut to that length.

The new boxes I am looking at, like the Cutler Hammer, have the Bar mounted at the side.

None of my neutrals are going to reach. Am I going to need to pig tail each one of the neutrals? What is the proper way to do this?

Am I better off gutting the current box and using it as a trough and pig tailing everything over to a new box? (already sounds like a mess to me)

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Pigtail them, as you said. But one at a time, don't double them up or anything. One neutral, one pigtail. Ideally, we don't like to splice wires inside panels, but 312.8 says you can do so if there is room for it, and you really don't have much choice anyway.

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Pigtail them, as you said. But one at a time, don't double them up or anything. One neutral, one pigtail. Ideally, we don't like to splice wires inside panels, but 312.8 says you can do so if there is room for it, and you really don't have much choice anyway.
Thank You. Would you use standard wire nuts or would you get the crimp on ones since it is in a panel?

My thinking was crimp on's would be a bit more securely attached to the wires Although I can't really picture a regular wire nut that was put on properly falling off.

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Thank You. Would you use standard wire nuts or would you get the crimp on ones since it is in a panel?

My thinking was crimp on's would be a bit more securely attached to the wires Although I can't really picture a regular wire nut that was put on properly falling off.

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If a standard wirenut is good enough for everywhere else in the circuit, it will be good enough there.
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A standard wirenut will do the task pretty good { red or yellow wirenuts are most common size depending on the conductor size }

Somecase you may want to put a 4X4X2 1/8 juction box near the breaker box and have splices there and run new wires as need to.
{ this is pretty common way I useally done }

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