It is not uncommon for home inspectors to encounter problems in service panels. The most common one — two wires landed on the same terminal of an over current device. Oftentimes, home inspectors refer to this as a double tap. So what is the correct term?

In electrical installations a double tap is typically a point where wires are spliced together. These are not related to when two wires placed under the same screw terminal. This is called as is a double lug or double lugging.

The repair for this is remarkably simple and typically takes less time to correct than it does to go through the whole process of explaining why it is wrong and the safety hazards surrounding it.

The video below explains why this is not acceptable and 3 of the more accepted ways to remedy this common occurrence.

The Complete Home Inspection Team

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