Dear Spring Run Owner,
I am writing to give you information regarding the status of some electrical work that was done in the condos and carriage homes in Spring Run during the recent Summit pre-wiring.
The licensed electrical contractor had to add an outlet for the ONT beneath the breaker boxes in each unit, but found the breaker boxes in the condos all full. Instead of wiring the breaker according to code, he simply placed both wires under the same breaker screw. Over the past two weeks, the electrician has been going back through his address list to each unit that was wired this way, and making a quick 10 minute change so that only one wire goes into the breaker, with the other attached via a wire screw. This solution is to code.
Since this issue came to light, we have been trying to get the correct information together in order to let you know what is going on. We have spoken to Summit and the electrician who did the work, a Lee County electrical inspector, a third party electrician, and two owners in Spring Run who own large electrical contracting companies up north, one of whom wrote the NEC code for 12 years. What we understand is that this work is not to code. However, it is also clear that this is not an unsafe situation or a potential fire hazard.
The safety of the owners in Spring Run is our top priority. If there were any indication that an unsafe condition existed in Spring Run, we would let you know immediately. As I learned, the owner who was on a committee that actually wrote the NEC code said that wiring like this is a violation of the breaker’s UL listing, but it is not a hazard. As I further learned, electricians used to put 3 and 4 wires under a breaker screw. This could be a hazard as the wires might not get tightened down well enough. In order to stop that practice, they simply limited the breaker to one wire per screw.
Going forward, all new installs will be done correctly using the accepted method of “pig tailing” the second wire with a wire screw, and all wiring that was done using the other method as soon as possible, depending on when owners are back in town, or whether or not we have access to their units
If you have questions or comments, please reply below. We will keep you updated with the progress the electrician is making and thank you for your patience while is it being corrected.