Panel Wired Correctly

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Old 02-15-09, 06:36 PM
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Panel Wired Correctly

I opened my panel for the first time to install a new breaker and noticed there is no seperate neutral bar. There are 2 bars, 1 on each side connected together. They ran all of the neutral and commons to the same bars since they are all connected. There is also no neutral coming into the box.

I thought it had to have this?

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Old 02-15-09, 06:41 PM
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In a 3-wire service entrance, that big bare one is your grounded conductor(neutral) then you'll see like a #4 or 6 bare copper wire and that's going to your grounding electrode system.

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So just keep placing the neutral and ground on the same bar? I have 3 wires coming in 2 go to the main breaker then an unshielded on going to the bar.
 
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Yes at the point of the first disconnect (main breaker) grounds and neutrals are bonded together, anything after that they're separated.

It's ok to double on grounds on the bar but don't double up neutrals, and if you do double up on grounds do so with the same size wire.

The bare one is the neutral. After that point, it is insulated.
 
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