Is Double Tapping A Circuit Breaker Acceptable?

Is Double tapping a circuit breaker dangerous?

Double tapped breakers are an unsafe condition in which multiple conductors are placed under the set screw of a single breaker.

When multiple wires are connected to a breaker, you greatly increase the risk of a loose connection, which can lead to overheating, arcing, and electrical fires..

Why would someone double tap a breaker?

A double tap occurs when two wires are connected to a single circuit breaker that is only engineered to accept one wire (see photo below). This is a defect because two wires in a single breaker may not be properly tightened to the breaker and loose wires have the potential to cause overheating and arcing.

How much does it cost to fix a double tapped breaker?

Double tapping (placing two home runs under a single screw) a single breaker is not to code. Adding two additional breakers will alleviate this problem if there is room in the panel box. The price would probably closer to $90.

Is Double lugging against code?

Double lugged neutrals are a defect, were never up to code, and should be corrected.

Can you run 2 wires one breaker?

When it’s NOT a defect: Double tapped wiring is ok if the circuit breaker is designed for two conductors. If a circuit breaker is designed for two conductors, it will say so right on the circuit breaker, and the terminal of the circuit breaker will be designed to hold two conductors in place.