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Splicing Electrical Wires Safely
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How to Splice Electrical Wires: Splicing electrical wires is permitted when the wire gauges and the type of wire insulation are the same or of the same permitted rating according to the electrical codes.
Electrical Wire Types and Approved Splicing Practices
Electrical Question: I have a 100 amp electrical service box. In it there are stranded wires in the circuit breakers that run to a old gutted fuse box that is used as a large junction box.
- Here they are spliced into old aluminum coated copper wires that service the switches, receptacles, and lighting of the house.
- Is this stranded wire legal code and proper wiring, or should I disconnect the stranded wire and connect solid #14 wire from the 15 amp circuit breakers to the old aluminum coated copper wire in the old gutted fuse box.
This electrical wiring question came from: Marvin, from Kenosha, Wisconsin
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Thanks for your electrical wiring question Marvin.
How to Splice Electrical Wires
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on the personal level experience and ability to work with tools and access to the wiring.
Precaution: Identify the circuit, turn it OFF and then Tag it with a Note before performing any wiring.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring should be done with a permit and inspected.
Special Materials: Properly sized wire connectors, anti-corrosion ointment, electrical tape, junction box and blank cover.
- Splicing electrical wires is permitted when the wire gauges and the type of wire insulation are the same or of the same permitted rating according to the electrical codes.
- Once these other stipulations have been met there is not problem splicing smaller gauges of electrical wire that are solid and stranded wire types as long as the method of splicing is done correctly.
The Following will assist you with Splicing Electrical Wires
Electrical Junction Box Splice
Electrical junction box splices can be made safely when you understand the method. This example will show you how its done step by step and shows how to make a junction box splice and the related electrical codes.
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Electrical Wire for the Home
Complete listing of electrical wire types and parts used for home projects with electrical code information serves as selection guidelines.
Electrical Junction Boxes for Home Wiring
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Electrical Code Articles for Home Wiring
Electrical Code Directory covering AFCI circuit, electrical-boxes, electrical-circuit, electrical-code-outlets, electrical GFCI, electrical-grounding, electrical-project, electrical-services, electrical-underground, electrical-wiring, electrical-wiring-code, lighting-code, and smoke-detectors.
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all projects.