Wiring Question

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Wiring Question

Postby thistle » Thu Dec 03, 2009 4:58 pm

I am contimplating installing a new modern breaker panel on 30 year old boat but will be putting it in a new location which will require a termination panel at the old location to extend all the wires to the new breaker panel. Is there any requirement to install these terminations in a metal enclosure. I particular the AC terminations other then a shield to prevent accidental contact with the ac terminal strips.
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Re: Wiring Question

Postby capn chuck » Thu Dec 03, 2009 9:29 pm

A metal enclosure would not be a good idea because of corrosion to the enclosure and possibility of shorts in the box. Good protection covers should be used however. I really don't like to use termination points, especially for the AC wiring, preferring direct runs from the breakers to the load. If the wiring is 30 years old you might consider replacement of the wiring also. I know this is a big job.
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