2 cables on a single breaker


Old 06-10-01, 09:00 PM
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I think the answer is "no", but thought I'd ask as I can think of a case where it would be helpful.

Is it code acceptable and generally safe to connect two wires to the lug of a breaker?

Where this would be handy is where a kitchen branch circuit would serve some receptcles that are best reached through the attic and others that are best reached under the floor.

I'm guessing that the lugs of breakers are not meant for multiple wires.

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Old 06-11-01, 05:27 AM
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There is no one answer to your question as it depends on the breaker being used. Some breakers are listed for use with 2 wires at the termination, others for only one. You need the manufacturer's information to answer this question. Square D "QO" breakers are one type that I know of that can be used with 2 wires in the sizes up to 30 amps.
If your breaker can't use two wires you can make a splice in the panel with a wirenut and land a single wire on the breaker.
Old 06-11-01, 06:51 PM
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Thnks. The flexibility could come in handy.

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