Main Panel Concern - Electrical - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Electrical


Thread Tools
Display Modes
Old 11-05-2010, 11:37 PM   #1
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Southern, IN
Posts: 1
Rewards Points: 10

main panel concern

I have a main panel concern/question:
There are three circuits in the box that have the white (neutral) and the ground (bare ground) tied together with wire nuts.

This seems incorrect to me...I know they eventually terminate at the neutral/ground bus, but should they be joined before that?

Thanks in advance!
tbarnett is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 11-06-2010, 06:19 AM   #2
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Nashua, NH, USA
Posts: 8,597
Rewards Points: 2,800

Electrically it makes no difference in the main panel (panel with the first main disconnect switch) but technically the ground wires and the neutral wires should individually continue all the way to the neutral/ground bus (or terminal strip).

If neither will reach, leave one connected to the existing pigtail to the bus and wire nut on a second pigtail for the other.

Incidentally, each neutral must have its own hole and screw on the bus.
Stick to your lawn watering schedule until it really starts to pour. After the storm you have only the same number of rest days you always had and then you need to start watering again.

Last edited by AllanJ; 11-06-2010 at 06:22 AM.
AllanJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 11-06-2010, 06:34 AM   #3
Licensed Electrical Cont.
Speedy Petey's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: NY State
Posts: 7,828
Rewards Points: 2,006

They should absolutely NOT be spliced together as they are. If they needed to be extended they should be done individually.
Speedy Petey is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to Speedy Petey For This Useful Post:
J. V. (11-06-2010)
Sponsored Links
Old 11-06-2010, 08:28 AM   #4
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South of Boston, MA
Posts: 17,248
Rewards Points: 2,000

Are you sure they are 3 separate circuits ?
Are there any hots spliced together that go to the same breaker ?

Scuba_Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2010, 08:44 AM   #5
Just call me Andrew
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Albany, NY
Posts: 2,271
Rewards Points: 1,032

Where are you located?

secutanudu is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Main panel or sub panel? tbeaulieu Electrical 5 04-07-2010 11:58 AM
main panel distribution concern to out building coupe33 Electrical 3 11-07-2009 01:45 PM
gfci in main feeding sub panel problem scott2332 Electrical 12 02-25-2009 11:17 PM
Replace main panel? And lots of other ?s Bcoleman6 Electrical 13 01-22-2008 09:40 AM
main lug vs main breaker for sub panel diyll Electrical 1 01-17-2008 08:18 PM

Top of Page | View New Posts