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can you put ground wire and neutral together into bus bar for AFCI breaker

can you put ground wire and neutral together into bus bar for AFCI breaker

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Old 11-17-03, 12:49 PM
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can you put ground wire and neutral together into bus bar for AFCI breaker

Im going to be installing an AFCI breaker for my basement circuit(s). From my recollection every breaker in the main panel have their neutral and ground wire together in one bus screw terminal per breaker. Can i use the same practice for an AFCI breaker?
 
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Old 11-17-03, 01:31 PM
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Neutral wires are required by code to be terminated in their own hole in the bus. No ground wires are permitted with the neutrals. If the buss is listed 2-3 grounds of the same gauge can be terminated in one hole.

If your screw on the buss were to be loose you would not have a neutral or ground connection. Also the neutral is subject to heating from the current flow whereas the ground is not.
 
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Old 11-17-03, 01:41 PM
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No, an AFCI is installed the same way a GFCI is. The hot from the circuit run goes into the screw terminal connected to the terminal marked hot ;the neutral from the run goes to the screw terminal marked neutral; the neutral from the breaker gets connected to the neutral bar. Let us know how you make out.
 
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ok i might be wrong.. maybe there are multiple grounds together!
 
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