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Old 01-24-06, 06:21 AM
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Inspection report

On my inspection report from my house when I bought it the inspector put this in the report "Some neutral conductors are doubled and gang attached in the panel. This condition is unsatisfactory" Does anyone know what this means?

I opened it up and saw that a lot of the neutrals were under the same screw. I don't understand how this would be a problem considering the neutral and ground bar are all connected.
 
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Old 01-24-06, 06:31 AM
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Part of electrical work is that items need to be installed per manufacturers instructions. On the label inside the panel, it probably shows (along with a bunch of other technical jargon) that the neutral bus is listed for the termination of 1 neutral wire (#14 to #6) per screw hole. The grounds are usually listed as 2 #12 or 2 #14 per hole and 1 #10 to 1#6 per hole.
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Old 01-24-06, 06:40 AM
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You have correctly identified the problem, there is more than one neutral wire attached per termination on the buss bar. This is not allowed. It is generally allowed for there to be more than one ground wire per termination, provided they are the same size, as Steve has eluded to.

Is this a serious issue? That depends on how you look at it. A violation is a violation, so it is wrong and should be addressed. However, it is not usually difficult to address. A supplementary buss bar can usually be added to the panel. The doubled up neutral wires can be moved to this supplementary buss bar. Sometimes it is even possible to rearrange the existing ground and neutral wires to alleviate the problem.
 
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