House Electrical Fire

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Old 04-27-04, 08:39 PM
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House Electrical Fire

i need some opinions,my neighbors house caught on fire 3 weeks ago after living there for 1 month(custom built house).the electricians installed a c box?some others may call it a 1900 box,its 12x12x12x12and it has 57 wires going into it,157 wire nuts!we were concerned of a couple of things,one is,is it possible for the wire nuts to fall off and short,the other is heat with all the wires in one little box.
 
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Old 04-27-04, 09:44 PM
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Properly applied wire nuts don't fall off. Wire nuts are quite reliable.

Heat is always something to worry about. Have you noticed the box getting warm? But keep in mind that many people have more than 57 wires in their main panel.

When you counted 57, did you count grounding wires too? Since those wires don't carry any current in normal conditions, they don't generate heat.
 
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Old 04-28-04, 05:19 AM
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well a panel is about 14x28 i think and this box is only 12x12x 3 1/2 and all the wires are just crammed into the box and reconnected with wire nuts,we had to push the wires down to get the lid back on.

as for as the wires the are either 12 wire or 14 wire,there is 57 circuits in the house and all the circuits go to the box and reconnect with wire nuts and then exit to the panel.

the heat is something were not sure about because we just found it yesterday in my neighbors attic(the power was reconnected yesterday,not enough time for heat),i guess the problem we are having is the electrician said he would put a trough in the attic instead we got curious and went to the attic and find a 1900 box packed full of wires.

let me just say this box looks like an easter basket filled with that little green stuff from top to bottom.lol
 
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Old 04-28-04, 07:29 AM
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So did you mean 57 wires, or 57 cables?
 
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Old 04-28-04, 02:15 PM
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57 cables is in the box
 
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