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dp149

07:54AM | 07/10/03
Member Since: 04/27/03
13 lifetime posts
Hi,
I just bought a home and the home inspector checked the wiring and found (2) double taps in the electrical cabinet going to a circuit breaker. He said that should be fixed ASAP. A friend said it is no big deal and would just make the breaker trip "quicker" than if it had one wire going to it. I have been in the home for over 1 month with no problems.

Should I get this fixed or save the $200 the electrician will charge me ?

Please advise....

Thank You

dana1028

08:23AM | 07/10/03
Member Since: 08/30/02
32 lifetime posts
Without looking at your panel it is difficult to make an accurate reply - but I doubt you have any 'taps' at all - you have splices. This is common and permitted by the electrical code (if there is sufficient room in the cabinet without overfilling, etc....). This practice of splicing in the cabinet is no different than splicing a circuit in a junction box. However, many home inspectors don't have a clue what they are doing and site this splice as a tap and write it up.

IF however you have two wires 'landing' on a circuit breaker (rather than 2 wires spliced together and only one wire landing on the circuit breaker) this might be an issue....normally only one wire is allowed to 'terminate' on a breaker unless that breaker is rated for two wires (there are sev. mfrs. that do rate their breakers for 2 wires).

RE: "A friend said it is no big deal and would just make the breaker trip "quicker" than if it had one wire going to it."....this is nonsense. A breaker trips because of the 'load' imposed on it, not because a circuit is 'spliced'.

[This message has been edited by dana1028 (edited July 10, 2003).]

Joe Tedesco

05:56PM | 07/12/03
Member Since: 07/27/02
140 lifetime posts
Please go to this site www.ul.com and ask a UL Engineer if the product is listed for the proposed use.
www.ul.com

Good Luck!



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