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Why are there no neutral pigtails at the AFCI and GFCI breakers in the panel?
Sunday, July 26, 2020
Where did the all the neutral pigtails go? If you can’t figure out if the wiring to the GFCI and AFCI breakers in the photo above is a problem or not, then you haven’t heard about the new “plug-on neutral” panels. They provide a concealed neutral bus bar under the breakers. Each breaker snaps over and then locks onto it. So pigtail neutrals, like the ones shown below, have been recently eliminated by the new plug-on neutral panels and breakers by Square D, Siemens, and Eaton.
If there are any open slots in the panel, you will be able to see the neutral bus, located a little inward of the outside edge of the breakers, after removing the dead front. You can also confirm a plug-on neutral panel from reading the data plate on the inside of the door.
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