Too many wires

Old 08-08-04, 10:13 AM
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Too many wires

I recently remodled my living room.I had a single light wall switch
that controlled a centrally mounted ceiling light.I installed three-four light
directional fixtures.Discontinued the single light.I installed a three switch
box, approx. 6"long x3"tall and 3" deep.My existing 12/2 hot wire to the original single box also fed 2 receptacles upstairs.So now,using the hot
wire and the feed to the upstairs receptacles AND the three new switches
I have plenty of wire to contend with.I am not sure about code or the
correct and safe way to remedy this. Anyone out there that could throw me
some help,it would be deeply appreciated.I did wire this up and it is very
conjested in the box and when I put my wooden cover plate on and screwed
all six screws in every thing worked for a while then the first light in line
stopped,but the other two were fine.I'm not using the lights now.

Sincerely Booman 496
Old 08-08-04, 10:38 AM
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This sounds like correct wiring, but poor workmanship. The trick is to very neatly fold the wires and repack the box carefully. Of course, you first need to make supremely excellent connections so that they don't come loose during this stress.

The situation you have is pretty extreme. I'm not sure exactly how many cables and what gauge all the wires are, but it sounds as if you might have as many as five 12/2 cable in this box, along with the three switches, and all the required pigtails. Depending on the exact number and size of wires, and the cubic inches of the box, you may well be in violation of the electrical codes for box fill. If you fill in the details, we can say for sure. You might consider looking for a three-gang box with more cubic inches. Or maybe you could consider putting these switches in two or three boxes instead of all in one.

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