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Old 05-04-2012, 06:34 PM   #1
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4 Gang Box, Grounds?


4 gang switch box. power into this box. All wire is 12 Guage.

Neutrals and hots are easy to nut together, 5 at most in 1 nut.

But what about the ground wires? There will be 9 total ends that need to be connected, 9 seems like alot under 1 wire nut.....or is it? lol

Can i make up 2 sets of grounds and use a jumper between the 2 wire nuts?

Do they make a wire nut for 6 wires?
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Of course....
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They make up to 8 port push-in connectors too.
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Or a large ground crimp, leaving four tails long for the devices.

Oh the joys of using #12 for lighting. Have fun with that.
Just sit on the floor, in the middles of the room, legs crossed, and chant: Bigger is better. Bigger is better. Bigger is better.
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You could also use one long tail to catch all four devices.
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It's funny, when I was a maintenance electrician 12 ga. wire was common everywhere at the switches....but it was all stranded. 12 ga. solid is a real to work with.
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Ill take 12 solid over 10 every day.
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Or a large ground crimp, leaving four tails long for the devices.

Oh the joys of using #12 for lighting. Have fun with that.
Just sit on the floor, in the middles of the room, legs crossed, and chant: Bigger is better. Bigger is better. Bigger is better.
Atleast he aint using 10 gauge
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In a case like this I leave one ground long enough to catch all devices then wire nut the end of it to the rest of the ground wires.

This helps a lot especially when dealing with six gang switch boxes.
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Atleast he aint using 10 gauge
Had someone want me to do some branch circuit wireing with 10 gauge once because he got a deal on it from a buddy said no way.
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Nice ideas. i like the push in connector idea. I have been kinda nervous about those but i have seen them recommended a bit here. maybe for this box i will use them for the grounds, maybe ill use them for all the connections in this one box, see how they work out.
I ran 12 for a outlet re-wire of a large family room and didnt have any issues with it. So i used the leftover 12 guage for the lights and installed 10 75-watt recessed lights and wanted some space to add a few ceiling fans with lights in a back room next to the family room that i may or may not redo. Lights and outlets are seperate circuits.
12 guage isnt hard to work with, you guys need to just stop crying so much.
Thanks for the help!

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Be carefull with the ceiling fans I learned once after I had to go back and put the four ceiling fans with lights on a separate circuit. They were fine alone but once the homeowner stated plugging other stuff in they would trip the breaker after a few min of use. I wish CFL bulbs were available then.
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