Code question: wire nuts in service panel

Old 10-26-04, 03:53 PM
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Code question: wire nuts in service panel

Is there a code issue with wire nuts in a main breaker service panel? The circuits in question were moved from the main breakers to an installed subpanel right next to the main panel. Instead of pulling the circuits out and directly running into the new sub, the load side of the circuits were simply wire nutted and run into the sub and connected to the sub's breakers. The neutrals and grounds were left connected in the main panel! Is this OK?

Can you wire nut a circuit which is purposely left disconnected or is labeled for future use?

Old 10-26-04, 09:42 PM
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As for the wire nuts in the panel, you sure can. See 373-8 in the NEC.
However it doesn't look good, especially in new work since it indicates that somebody did a boo-boo. HBut this is re-work. But you are unclear. If it is possible to detach the wires from the original panel and re-install them in the new panel [in other words, the new panel is located on the side the cables come from], then they should be done that way.
As for leaving the grounds and neutrals in the original panel, I'm pretty sure that is verboten.
Yes, it is a good idea to cap off and tag wires for future use.

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