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Double Tapping a Circuit Breaker

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A double tapped circuit breaker (Two wires entering the same breaker from two separate circuits) is one of the most common electrical defects that home inspectors find when checking the main electric. The problem with putting two wires in a circuit breaker designed to hold one is that the wires could become loose, even if they feel very tight. Loose wires can lead to overheating, arcing, and possible fire.
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