COMMUNITY FORUM

scott b

05:58PM | 04/27/03
Member Since: 04/24/03
6 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
A friend of mine told me when he wires outlets in series, he takes the (2) black #12 wires and twists them together with a #14 pigtail wire that connects to the receptacle. He says it is much easier to work with the receptacle with the #14 wire. Same thing with the white and ground wires. Is it ok to do this since the wires are in the same box as the 15A rated receptacle?

electricmanscott

04:45PM | 04/28/03
Member Since: 11/05/01
98 lifetime posts
A 15 amp rated duplex receptacle is allowed on a twenty amp circuit, 14 awg in this situation can not be protected at any more than 15 amps.

Roger67

05:06PM | 04/28/03
Member Since: 08/30/02
19 lifetime posts
The problem with reducing the wire to #14 is that it allows backstabbing a device that is designed to prevent this on anything but 15 amp circuits. (UL white and green books)

If the device is connected with the screws, I don't see why this would be necessary.

Just my opinion.

Roger

joed

03:20AM | 04/29/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
The breaker must be rated to the smallest size wire on the circuit. If these circuits are protect by a 15 am breaker then he is OK. If they are protected by a 20 amp breaker then he is wrong.

dana1028

06:31PM | 04/29/03
Member Since: 08/30/02
32 lifetime posts
Per Joed's response - the code section restricting the conductors to be sized no smaller than the circuit breaker is - (1999) 210-19(b) - 'conductors of branch circuits...shall have an ampacity of NOT LESS THAN the rating of the branch circuit.

210-3 - says the rating of the circuit is based on the rating of the circuit breaker.

240-3(b) restricts a #14 to a 15A circuit breaker.

Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

captcha
type the code from the image

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

Unless you live in a very warm climate, your lemon tree should be brought indoors in the winter and then returned outdoors... Reused steel windows create an eye-catching splashguard in this walk-in shower. The vintage factory windows bring an inter... A galvanized steel tub is a surprising but charming fixture in this bright and breezy screened patio. It's perfect for was... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... If you lack plumbing skills but have a good sturdy tree, here's the easiest outdoor shower solution of all: Simply attach... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... How do you like this smart use for an old bottle? Clamp an empty wine bottle to a fence or wall near your outdoor deck or ... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp2