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TOPIC: Double tapped 15 and 20 amp breakers-

Re: Double tapped 15 and 20 amp breakers- 10 years 3 months ago #49104

I think there is a difference in these types of situations.  When I call out a double tap, it is because there are two conductors installed where only a single conductor is allowed.  I would not consider a breaker designed for two conductors to be double tapped as it is meeting the design specs.

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Re: Double tapped 15 and 20 amp breakers- 10 years 3 months ago #49115

Mike K, it's a double tap. Call it out and move on. No over analysis needed.

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Re: Double tapped 15 and 20 amp breakers- 10 years 3 months ago #49190

What types of breakers will allow two wires or is it easier to ask which ones don't? 

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Re: Double tapped 15 and 20 amp breakers- 10 years 3 months ago #49192

As far as I know, Square D has those type, but not all Sq D are designed for it. The square washer under the screw is designed for two wire connections. What makes double-tapping a hazard is that the screw and washer can't make good contact on both wires, whereas the Square D type is made for it. There is still the issue of nuisance tripping due to excessive amperage, which I would mention in my report.

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Re: Double tapped 15 and 20 amp breakers- 10 years 3 months ago #49193

Michael,
I've seen the square D breakers with the washer I think you are referring to.  Those are the type that have a notch on each side?
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Re: Double tapped 15 and 20 amp breakers- 10 years 3 months ago #49194

yes sir, that be the ones. see ya next time, Mike!

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