Marking a white wire as hot?

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Marking a white wire as hot?

I know I've read that in some circumstances you can mark a white wire as hot.

I'm in a situation where I need to create a couple of pigtails and I'm out of 14AWG black wire. I do have quite a number of feet of white wire though, and I'd like to save the trip to the store and added expense if possible.

My questions are:

1) Is this an appropriate circumstance to use a white wire as hot?

2) If so, what is the appropriate amount and style of marking to use? Black electrical tape? A sharpie marker?

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Old 01-04-08, 04:17 PM
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Switch loops are remarked black when part of a single cable.
Technically remarking anything smaller than #4 is prohibited.

I would use a Sharpie, the full length of the pigtail, If you must.
 
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I was looking through another drawer and found a short length of black #12.

I'm assuming it's OK to go ahead and use this as a pigtail on a 15-amp circuit in which the rest of the wires are #14?

Would using the #12 black be preferable to remarking #14 white?
 
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Yes, an oversized black pigtail would be preferable to the re-identified white.
 
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Yes, an oversized black pigtail would be preferable to the re-identified white.
That's what I ended up doing, just using the black #12.
 
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