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How Many Electrical Wires In a Junction Box

How to Wire a Junction Box: Selecting a Junction Box for Electrical Wiring, The Basics of Electrical Junction Boxes, The number of wires that are allowed in a Junction Box.

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Electrical Junction Box Size and Wire Capacity
Electrical Question: Can I connect all the white wires and black wires into large wire nuts in the junction box as long as the number of wires in the box is less than 14?

Background: Robert , a Homeowner from Kennesaw, Georgia.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Robert.

Electrical Junction Boxes and Enclosures

Application: Wiring a Junction Box.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and the number of outlets that will be added and the access to the location for the new outlets.
Precaution: Identify the existing outlet circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing electrical wiring for additional outlets should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

Selecting a Junction Box for Electrical Wiring

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Electrical junction boxes are selected for the specific type of electrical wiring work that is being done. As described below, there are several types of junction boxes and electrical work boxes that are available. The more specific the task is the easier it is to identify which type of junction box can be used.

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The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
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The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..

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4 Responses to “How Many Electrical Wires In a Junction Box”
  1. Bruce says:

    I am wiring a 47 foot trailer, first time I am an industrial electrician. This trailer will have 12 bunk beds in the back with receptacles. There are two showers in the front kitchen laundry and TV area. I just installed a PT AC unit 220 30 amp, 80 gal hot water heater 220 20 amps I think, washer and dryer, electric range, exhaust fans for the bathrooms, microwave, refrigerator, maybe two ceiling fans. What size panel box do you think? Also looking at a generator that can handle the load. This unit will be used to house workers, working in shifts at natural disaster areas maybe 2 to 6 months at a time.

  2. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Bruce,
    Go on over to the Electrical Load Calculator where you can put in your information to determine the estimated load. This will help you to size the electrical panel.
    I hope this helps,

  3. Zoran says:

    How many #12 wires am I allowed by the code to splice in a 6x6x4 pull box or 8x8x4 pull box?

  4. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Zoran – Great Question,
    The number of wires that can be spliced in a junction box, pull can or pull box will depend on a few factors, such as how many of the wires will be ground wires, the type of conduit fittings or cable connectors etc.
    Please refer to the following page for more specific information:
    Electrical Code for Splicing Wires in Junction Boxes.
    I hope this helps,