I just put a subpanel in my garage, have a 60amp breaker in it, and ran
4 guage wire to my basement where the main breaker panel is. In the
main panel, I have the 60amp breaker installed with both hot wires in
it, and I have the ground wire in the bus panel as well. However, when
I went to put the neutral wire in the bus panel as well, it's too big
You get a special item that provides a screw clamp for the wire and a flat
blade with a hole in it to fit under a screw on your neutral bar. They come
in a number of sizes to fit different wires. You may have to go to a
dedicated electrical supplier to find them.
If your neutral bar does not have screws that wires fit under the heads, but
have a bar with holes in it that wires fit into so a screw can clamp down on
it, look for an extra large hole somewhere along the bar, you may have to
move smaller wires out of the large hole and fit them into some of the
smaller holes to make room.
My neutral bar has all the same size holes on the side and a screw that
then goes through a top hole to clamp the wire down. I could try the
seperate technique, that sounds like it would work fine, thanks.
Go to a supply house and get one of the add on larger lugs for your buss
bar and do the job right. The mounting screw for the add on terminal
takes the place of one of the terminal screws on the buss bar.
"This alternating current stuff is just a fad. It is much too dangerous
If you had a Square-D QO I belive the problem would be that you didn't
figure the 'large' screws can handle 4awg wire. This can be found on
the torque label.
You can try use a "neutral lug" like this: http://www.urlbee.com?7336
Home Depot sells them(or did a year ago). If not check with your
friendly local electrical supply shop. ;)
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