Conductors behind breakers

I know that conductors should not cross over bus bars in a panel. What are your thoughts about conductors passing behind breakers. Thsi just doesn’t seem right. Thanks in advance.


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No Sir…I don’t like that older wire behind the main breaker at all as the temps on that breaker will more than likely exceed the rating of the older wiring .

Some may disagree but I would say if it is a conductor coming from the other side of the panel and they simply did this because it was not long enough…tell them to splice it on a wirenut and re-route it.

Just my opinion

Looks like an illegal tap on the main bus, to me.

I thought there was something more fishy to this, since someone either had to be a ‘lazy idiot’, or an idiot just trying to hide something. Since the photo shows a small part of the big picture, I still side on the ‘lazy idiot’ trying not to use a wire nut.

Maybe if there was more photos? :wink:


Good point Paul - Thanks.

David - It wasn’t a direct tap - the conductors came from the other side and ran behind the main breakers (there were several double taps but that’s a different story).

Tom- There was quite a bit of fishy business in this panel and the 3 others. Oddly enough, each panel had the electrical inspection certificate framed and hanging next to it. I especially like the permit for a 400-amp panel. I’m assuming a typo as it was next to a 40-amp panel. The 200-amp panel in the garage had a beautifully written and framed circuit labeling document next to it.

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Person name and address? Might want to edit the photo. :smiley:


lol…SNAP…now thats a NICE camara…:)…yeah I might PHOTOSHOP that portion out…:slight_smile:

or not even knowing that they could use a wire nut

Hey! Bill;
Were you on the LIE heading W/B on Fri about 5:30 in your PU, I was on my way to the Moster truck show with my grandkids. Had a great time???
How’s your classes going, someone told me they were no more ???
This weather is for the ducks not me.
Give me a call when you get a chance.

Hey Len-

I was headed back from Medford friday - about 5:30 or 6 maybe??

The classes are going very well - the students are eager to learn and really are into HI. It’s a pleasure. We are trying to set up the next round of classes but we have to work around the Module 5 schedule as well as some additional students that want to do Mod 5 with us. As soon as I can I’m going to set up some CE classes too. I hope all is well with you.