14 gauge/20 amp?

Old 07-28-02, 02:24 PM
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14 gauge/20 amp?

Can 14 gauge wire support a 20 amp load on a short run, ie less then 6 inches coming out of a pigtail? Just trying to keep the wires a little more manageable in a box. Or is this half a*$ing it.

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Not according to NEC,, not legal. No part of the circuit can be less than 12 to be on a 20.
Old 07-28-02, 02:30 PM
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Thanks. I will just keep it at 12 then.
Old 07-28-02, 02:48 PM
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Ideal makes a stranded 12 ga. pigtail with a wirenut on one end and a forked terminal on the other. They are designed to terminate to switches and receptacles. They work well and are fairly flexible, more so than solid wire.
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That pre-fab pigtail is a nice idea. I will try to find one of those. Thanks
Old 07-29-02, 09:28 AM
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The Home Depot stocks them, yellow or red wire nuts with black or white wire. also available are green ones for grounding only.

Local supply houses may carry them. HD has them in ten packs. ~$5.00


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