Now many 12 gage wires will fit in a standard outlet box?


Old 01-18-11, 12:28 AM
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Now many 12 gage wires will fit in a standard outlet box?

I would like to move the outlet in my garage from one wall to another. The current location of the outlet has four wires (two hot and two neutral) plus ground. I will be removing the outlet from this box and using it only as a junction box. When I add the cable from this existing box to the location of the relocated outlet I'll have three hot wire connected with a wire nut, three neutral wires connected with a wire nut plus grounds in the original box. Since there will not be an outlet in this standard box can I have 6 wires plus ground in the standard outlet box?
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Old 01-18-11, 06:16 AM
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There are many sizes of standard electrical boxes. On plastic boxes, stamped in the back, you should see a chart of the number and sizes of conductors allowed in the box. Metal boxes you would need to consult the NEC chart.

Given that a device counts as 2 conductors that would be replaced with a cable that would count as two you should be fine. Note: all grounds only count once.

Place a blank cover over the box and leave it permanently accesssible.

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