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Code Wiring Question #72947 12/12/06 03:40 PM
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wendel Offline OP
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Is it a violation of the national electric code to use 14-3 wire for simple, non-3way 15 amp circuit? The original plan called for some 3 way switches that were not installed after the 3 way wiring had been done. The electrician used wire nuts to cap the red lead in every box it wasn't used.

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Re: Code Wiring Question #72948 12/12/06 03:52 PM
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No worries wendel. No worries at all.

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I sure wish that more people made that "mistake". It's almost as nice as having EMT to allow you to get another circuit in. I would thank them for the change in plans.

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Re: Code Wiring Question #72950 12/12/06 08:06 PM
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I've personally seen this many times.

Re: Code Wiring Question #72951 12/12/06 11:33 PM
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The scary thing is how many times you find 2 wire used on a 3 way leg using the ground.


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Re: Code Wiring Question #72952 12/13/06 12:51 AM
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Precaution. I know this is not on your subject, but, check the trip rating of the circuit breaker to make sure it's 15 Amp and not 20 Amp.

I've seen cases where the plans call for #12 AWG with a 20/1 breaker in the panelboard and #14 AWG was installed. This would be a violation of the NEC.


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