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Old 10-19-05, 06:52 PM
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Here are two things from an inspection done.

1. There are breakers that are double lugged.
Is it true that if I run a lead to the breaker and I tie that lead with the
the two wires removed from the breaker that this would meet code? So
the two wires would meet just outside the breaker but only the lead would
be in the breaker.


2. Several outlets need to be capped.
What is he talking about capped? Does he mean that they have an open
ground and they need changed back to 2 prong?
 
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Old 10-19-05, 07:07 PM
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Do you mean "home inspection"?


1) Many breakers are rated for two wires. Many H-I's can't grasp this piece of complexity. Most Square D breakers (not really old ones) and Cutler Hamer CH series breakers fit this category.
If not, what you propose is legal and safe.

2) I have NO idea. It must be some H-I secret lingo. I would put those plastic toddler caps on them and see what he says.
 
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Old 10-19-05, 07:08 PM
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(1) This is allowed by the electrical code, but some inspectors might reject it as poor workmanship. So it would be best to ask your inspector if he will allow it. Another alternative, less likely to be rejected by the inspector, would be to pull both cables outside the panel, install a permanently accessible junction box there, and join them to a new cable into the panel in that junction box.

(2) I don't know what "capped" means. Is this the exact term he used? Do the outlets have an open ground?

EDIT: I just read Speedy's post and his interpretation (a home inspector rather than a city electrical inspector) makes more sense than my assumption of a city electrical inspector. Home inspectors reflexively list double-connected breakers as defects, seemingly without making any attempt to figure out if the breaker is rated for two connections. Do you have a dialog available with the inspector? If so, can you ask him if he checked to see if the breakers might be rated for two wires? If not, can you tell us the make and model of the panel--we might know.

If you do have ungrounded receptacles with a grounding hole, you will need to remedy this by providing GFCI or going back to two-hole receptacles. But most home inspectors would simply list these as ungrounded receptacles.
 
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Old 10-19-05, 08:28 PM
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How can I tell if the breakers are rated for doubles?
 
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Old 10-19-05, 08:38 PM
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Capped ?
Are any covers missing ?
Where is the outlets located ?

all outside outlets must have a rain tight cover.
 
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Old 10-19-05, 08:50 PM
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Originally Posted by jonesdx
How can I tell if the breakers are rated for doubles?
Tell us what any labels or writing on the breakers say.
 
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