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I need to replace a subpanel and the old one is smaller than the new one.
The old one is already maxed out with minis and has more than one circuit
fed from one half of the mini (more than one wire under each screw). there
is no more room in the closet for another subpanel. I purchased a bigger
panel with more slots, but most of the wires are too short now to reach the
new breaker slots. Can I just lengthen the wires using wirenuts to make them
reach the new breakers legally? This is the only way I can think to do it
without having a bunch of junction boxes up in the attic to feed the new
panel.

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I need to replace a subpanel and the old one is smaller than the new one.
The old one is already maxed out with minis and has more than one circuit
fed from one half of the mini (more than one wire under each screw). there
is no more room in the closet for another subpanel. I purchased a bigger
panel with more slots, but most of the wires are too short now to reach the
new breaker slots. Can I just lengthen the wires using wirenuts to make
them reach the new breakers legally? This is the only way I can think to do
it without having a bunch of junction boxes up in the attic to feed the new
panel.



Yes. Most likely the new subpanel has ample room compared to the old one.

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I need to replace a subpanel and the old one is smaller than the new one.
The old one is already maxed out with minis and has more than one circuit
fed from one half of the mini (more than one wire under each screw). there
is no more room in the closet for another subpanel. I purchased a bigger
panel with more slots, but most of the wires are too short now to reach the
new breaker slots. Can I just lengthen the wires using wirenuts to make them
reach the new breakers legally? This is the only way I can think to do it
without having a bunch of junction boxes up in the attic to feed the new
panel.


As long as there's enough space in the panel to make the splices neatly, it's
Code-compliant.

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gore wrote:
I need to replace a subpanel and the old one is smaller than the new one.
The old one is already maxed out with minis and has more than one circuit
fed from one half of the mini (more than one wire under each screw). there
is no more room in the closet for another subpanel. I purchased a bigger
panel with more slots, but most of the wires are too short now to reach the
new breaker slots. Can I just lengthen the wires using wirenuts to make them
reach the new breakers legally? This is the only way I can think to do it
without having a bunch of junction boxes up in the attic to feed the new
panel.

Thanks


Just as an aside, in many, if not most, jurisdictions when you replace a
panel in a closet you are required to move the panel out of the closet,
because it does not meet code. The NEC requires a clear space in front
of the panel.

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gore wrote:
I need to replace a subpanel and the old one is smaller than the new one.
The old one is already maxed out with minis and has more than one circuit
fed from one half of the mini (more than one wire under each screw). there
is no more room in the closet for another subpanel. I purchased a bigger
panel with more slots, but most of the wires are too short now to reach the
new breaker slots. Can I just lengthen the wires using wirenuts to make them
reach the new breakers legally? This is the only way I can think to do it
without having a bunch of junction boxes up in the attic to feed the new
panel.

Thanks


Just as an aside, in many, if not most, jurisdictions when you replace a
panel in a closet you are required to move the panel out of the closet,
because it does not meet code. The NEC requires a clear space in front
of the panel.

Bill


That would depend on the exact layout with the closet, as a door in
front of the panel is not counted as an obstruction. If you can open the
closet door and look straight at the panel, it's probably fine.


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