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Old 11-19-2008, 01:30 AM   #1
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Situation: already buried wire running from shed to house service panel (75 feet) is coming up short at service panel ( )...feeds approximately 6 inches into panel. Need to extend/splice approximately 2 feet to make connections.

PLEASE provide sound suggestions.

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Old 11-19-2008, 02:40 AM   #2
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Looks like u need a cable stretcher 8-) I been working on a prototype
Splicing feeders in a panel looks like poor planning , got to admit though i have been on the short side a time or 2
Are the lugs on the bottom of the panel?
Can u flip the panel?
Can u lower the panel ?
Dunno just ideas. Inspectors don't like to see split bolts
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what size is the cable?
in your area can you make a joint in a panel? if not pull it out and put an aproapriate size JB, nipple it into panel and make a joint there.
unfortunately sh** happens, all we can do is deal with it the best way possible.
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If you can't flip the panel as suggested then I would put a box in to hold the splices. I don't like having large splices in a panel even if it is allowed.
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Mount a box and make some splices. No big deal, technically, just a pain in the rear for coming up short. It happens.

Can you use the box you are coming into the house through for a splice?
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Lower the panel?

There are stealthy butt splices you can use.




but still ................
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How big is the wire? Maybe a terminal block? I would go with the butt splice probably, less bulk than split bolts.
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Situation: already buried wire running from shed to house service panel (75 feet) is coming up short at service panel ( )...feeds approximately 6 inches into panel. Need to extend/splice approximately 2 feet to make connections.

PLEASE provide sound suggestions.

Thank you!
Cut a j-box in below the service panel. Use power distribution block, or split-bolt, or butt-splice to make your cable extension. I try to avoid splicing in the panel, especially if it is any larger than #2.
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Go with a trough. 6"x6"x36" across the bottom and nipple up.I think it would look better than a jb
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Go with a trough. 6"x6"x36" across the bottom and nipple up.I think it would look better than a jb
Unless the panel is 14 1/2" wide, then a 36" trough would look worse. A j-box could be sized to not stick out on either side of the service panel. If the panel is flush mount, a j-box can be recessed in the wall with a minimum of effort and sheet rock patching.
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hand box mounted in the ground a few feet from the shed panel -
EDITyour post sounds like its short at the house end and not the shed end. is that the case?

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on the topic of short wires....

Did a service today. PVC from the meter to the panel. Had 20' of 4/0 XHHN (or W).

Hacked a piece for the nuetral, ended up being about 6 inches long on the panel side. The 2 remaining pieces ended up being exact length in the panel, and needed less that 1" cut at the meter.

Talk about luck!
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Bet you sweated all the way up to the happy ending.

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on the topic of short wires....

Did a service today. PVC from the meter to the panel. Had 20' of 4/0 XHHN (or W).

Hacked a piece for the nuetral, ended up being about 6 inches long on the panel side. The 2 remaining pieces ended up being exact length in the panel, and needed less that 1" cut at the meter.

Talk about luck!
I always say, "I'd rather be lucky than good!"
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I always say, "I'd rather be lucky than good!"
I tell my apprentice, "Sometimes it's good to be good, sometimes it's good to be lucky!"

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