Can I use white wire for red wire pigtail?

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Can I use white wire for red wire pigtail?

Have to make a pigtail to a red 14 wire, but I only have 14 white and black.
 
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Use the black. Red and black are designated hots while the white is neutral so using the black will cause less confusion.
 
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Use the black. Red and black are designated hots while the white is neutral so using the black will cause less confusion.
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Color code it with a colored marker or tape.

Mod Note: That is only allowed for wires that are part of a cable assembly under restricted conditions. It does not apply to wires added as pigtails unless #4 or larger.
 
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You can buy THHN/THWN wire (cheaply) by the foot to use for pigtails. Less confusion if you use the correct color.
 
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You can buy THHN/THWN wire (cheaply) by the foot to use for pigtails. Less confusion if you use the correct color.
THanks Ray. I've never bought the stuff, but I did buy my first 15 ft roll of 14/2 cable and have been using that.

So, do I just look for RED #14 NM wire or something in HD?
 
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So, do I just look for RED #14 NM
No you really need to read the posts more closely. I wrote:
You can buy THHN/THWN wire (cheaply) by the foot to use for pigtails.
THHN/THWN is single conductor wire used in conduit. NM is cable.

Red NM would actually be a type of cable sold in Canada only for 240v circuits.
 
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THHN/THWN is single conductor wire used in conduit. NM is cable.

Red NM would actually be a type of cable sold in Canada only for 240v circuits.
Thanks ray. I just bought 15 ft of 14/3 nm cable. At least I'll have plenty of wire on hand, you never know. They did have #14 THHN wire in red, but the copper was in STRANDS and I would rather have the solid copper wire. I would think the solid wire may twist better?

Why is all the THHN wire stranded copper inside instead of solid? Just wondering.
 
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Why is all the THHN wire stranded copper inside instead of solid?
Both should have been available. Often the BigBox employee helping you doesn't work in that department and you need to seek better help or better go to a hardware store. They are often more knowledgeable.
 
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