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#77361 - 05/24/01 07:58 PM Grounded bar terminal screws  
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My friend and I have been discussing(arguing) about how many wires can be under a screw according to code. He thinks two but I remember hearing or seeing a change that said you were only allowed one. Would appreciate some help on this one and the code section it's in.


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#77362 - 05/24/01 08:40 PM Re: Grounded bar terminal screws  
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Hi binky178 !
I would have to say 110-3, as this would be a listing/rating Q.
I'm sure others can comment on this here.
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#77363 - 05/24/01 11:29 PM Re: Grounded bar terminal screws  
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GE, Cutler-Hammer and Murray Residential Load Centers allow 2 #12 Conductors in each lug, at least in the panels I've bought. It would be a listing/labeling thing as far as I'm aware... Not sure about Sq D...

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#77364 - 05/24/01 11:43 PM Re: Grounded bar terminal screws  
Bill Addiss  Offline
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Binky,

Welcome!
You could both be right. (how's that for diplomacy? [Linked Image] ) The answer would be one unless specifically allowed by the listing/labelling info that went with that piece of equipment. I thought I saw once that some panels would allow up to 3 grounds per terminal. Not sure about that though.

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#77365 - 05/25/01 12:10 AM Re: Grounded bar terminal screws  
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Be careful if the conductors need to be the same gage and solid before being paired under a screw.


#77366 - 05/25/01 08:25 AM Re: Grounded bar terminal screws  
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Most load centers have this info. on a sticker inside the enclosure door.Typically, 2 ground wires of the same size, but only one neutral. How many times have we seen(and done) the neutral and its ground in the same bus hole. Probably a violation. Breakers, also. The set screw type typically accomdate only one. Some of the others (Square D) have a pressure plate under the screw head that will take one wire on each side of the screw. As far as wiring devices, one screw, one wire.



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