Electric Junction Boxes

Originally Posted By: jmyers
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I come accross this situation quite frequently in older homes and I would caution inspectors to “watch” for it.

I inspect homes with electric junction boxes in the basement in which the wire and the breaker leading into the panel are the correct size.

You should be on the look out for the correct wire sizes coming out of those junction boxes. For example, when you have a 12 gauge wire and 20 amp breaker that services a junction box you should check to ensure all the wires leading from the junction box are also 12 gauge wire. You should remember that the breaker should be sized according to the smallest size wire on the circuit.

Joe Myers
A & N Inspections, Inc.