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Sharing a neutral #201431
05/31/11 10:56 PM
05/31/11 10:56 PM
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Cinner  Offline OP
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Kelowna, B.C., Canada
On a 3 phase panel - if 2 circuits share a neutral - do you have to use a 2 pole breaker so that if one trips they both trip?

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Re: Sharing a neutral [Re: Cinner] #201441
06/01/11 01:47 AM
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14-010. It depends on whether the circuit feeds lights or plugs.

It isn't a trip issue, though. We can still use fuses as long as we include a disconnect that meets the requirements of 14-010(b).

Re: Sharing a neutral [Re: twh] #201442
06/01/11 01:57 AM
06/01/11 01:57 AM
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It is for receptacles. Can you use 15 amp single pole breakers if the neutrals are being shared to more than one circuit?

Re: Sharing a neutral [Re: Cinner] #201444
06/01/11 12:30 PM
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the trade practice for three phase 4 wire circuits feeding 120/347 volts loads is single pole breakers. I could see good justification for a three pole breaker to ensure a circuit is completely disconnected included any current on a shared neutral but I dont think any code rule requires it. If the receptacle/load is using more than one phase then you need to use 2 or 3 pole breaker.

Re: Sharing a neutral [Re: jay8] #201447
06/01/11 04:30 PM
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and before a bunch of posts come about the implications of common breaker handle for single phase loads, I can see some change in installation practice that will reflect the issue of current on shared neutral - such separate neutrals etc


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