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Single Double tapped 20 amp breaker.


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Hello All New to this forum,

Been doing inspections in the Caribbean for 18 years. With new techs, I realize I need to reach out, so this is my first question...

I  run into this constantly. Single double tapped 20 amp breaker because the panel is slightly over capacity. Personally, I dont think it is a safety or fire hazard, but it is a code violation. 

Wondering how you guys write  this up. 

Keith 

Blue C Home Inspections

 

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Only Square D and Cutler-Hammer make breakers that are listed to accept 2 conductors. If I see a breaker that is double tapped and should not be, I point it out and suggest the buyer have the issue corrected. It's very simple to to install a wire nut and pigtail and eliminate the double tap. Is it a fire hazard? I can't say. But I can say that it's wrong and there's potential for loose connections and overheating. My opinion is it should be pointed out every time. Immediate concern or not, it's wrong (usually).

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I seldom write it on account of always finding other issues much more worthwhile of my client's time. I look for the Marlins, not the Minnows.

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I always write it up and call for electrician to correct it. Today's double tap showed insulation that might be melting.

I also write up under wired breakers, 14 AWG with 20 amp, although I've never seen a problem with this.

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If it's wrong, make sure it's in your report.

Let the client and the electrician decide if it's important to them.

Minnows tend to become important down the road.

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In the caribbean with service drops at head height, I am sure you have bigger fish to fry . 18 years in the business and you have questions about double taps??Isn't this home inspector 101? , cheers

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