I have a siemens panel, and I got some #4 stranded copper wire to
connect to the ground rods, and water pipes. But when I go to connect
it to the ground/neutral bar, it is too big(just a little too big) to
fit in the slots. Is there another peice that is supposed to be for
this, or do I need to go back and get solid #4 for the ground wire (and
will solid #4 fit).
There is no reduction in current capacity and there is no safety issue.
There certainly would be an issue if you trimmed of a few strands to fit
an undersized hole, but in this case you are maintaining the full
capacity of the wire.
Your opinion that it is BS does not change the fact that no competent
electrical inspector will sign off on such an installation. The US NEC
requires that equipment be installed and used in accordance with any
instructions included in the listing or labeling. The UL white book
contains the listings and the sizes of wire that each listed terminal
are tested to terminate. You're wilderness engineering solution will
not pass inspection.
Well we aren\'t no thin blue heroes and yet we aren\'t no blackguards to.
Please tell me exactly which of the instructions included with the
listed panel a spread termination will violate? It certainly will not
violate the neutral / ground terminals specified wire gauge range as
each terminal will be terminating a wire strand bundle matching it's
rated gauge range.
Nice try Pete. Your split strands don't have a gage. Upon request you
have to present the listing mark or label and there is no listing mark
or label for the divided strands. It is simply a damaged conductor.
"This alternating current stuff is just a fad. It is much too dangerous
Nice try, unless a strand has been severed, it is *not* a damaged
conductor any more than it would be a damaged conductor being squished
under the terminal screw. Indeed I've seen terminal screws nearly sever
Why not just /ask/ the local code inspector if it would be OK to
separate the strands and use 2 adjacent terminals, or if you need to buy
an add-on lug? They both seem perfectly reasonable solutions to me if
done neatly. Separating the strands has the advantage of one less
connection. The add-on lug would probably look a little better.
Or are you two just having fun pissing on each other? ;-)
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