How to Wire an Electrical Panel – Square D

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  1. william white says:

    +Troll4Life … You are right about the feeders not being dressed properly,
    and the angled landings… but the service loop? If this is a 200 amp
    service that means at least a 3/0 copper but typically a 4/0… aluminum
    means a 250kcml… either way the NEC requires that the inside diameter of
    a bend of a #4 or larger conductor be no less than 8 times the diameter of
    the wire… you need to see the bend as an arc segment of a circular
    loop… any less and, especially with the expansion and retraction
    properties of aluminum and you create a ‘hot spot’ in the wire… that
    panel doesn’t allow for that kind of bend… plus there is no need for a
    service loop inside the panel… typically that is used in MCC’s, or
    Equipment where there may be the need for using an amp probe at some
    While you are right about never double landing wires… it only looks
    like that is what he did… but he did land each neutral separately… I
    had to really look to see it….
    And YES!… never tight anything in a panel or any electrical connection
    with a drill… it’s too easy to cross thread or strip the threads…
    always do it by hand…

    I love how he keeps saying ‘I think’ when addressing a Code requirement…
    Noalox is also to prevent oxidation… btw..

    Also… Square D breakers should be torqued at 23 in/lbs and the lugs at
    around 34 ft/lbs and marked to show they were torqued

  2. Emil Ak says:

    Why dont you put all the cables in pipes? Lets say in 30 years they wanna
    change all the wires,,,, Or do you americans think “not my problem” ?

  3. Angelino Garcia says:

    – Pretty clean panel!

  4. Mary Calk says:

    You said if your state required a arc-fault system, why do we have a
    national electrical code if we are going to let the state decide if it’s ok
    or not to install one

  5. Tioga Fretworks says:

    Little inaccuracies mislead your viewers. Nolox does nothing to impact
    expansion of AL wire. Its role is to limit oxidation (no ox) period. There
    is a torque rating for all of the connections – follow that, please don’t
    just crank the heck out of your panel lugs. 

  6. TimEllenburgPhoto says:

    Damn fine job sir. Don’t let all these naysayers who probably own a
    10-in-1, strippers, and a couple pairs of channel locks get you down. It’s
    easy to do precision wire bends and make it “pretty” when you get paid by
    the hour. I’ve been doing this 25 years and I’d hire you in a minute!!! The
    only thing I see wrong is the double-lugging on the neutrals, ain’t nuthing
    wrong with the rest!

  7. Steve Kirkland says:

    I like you video Ryndon, you seem very enthusiastic and energetic, the kind
    of guy I would hire. If I may say, most electricians will pick apart a
    video of other electrician because they may think they know a lot. If you
    don’t want to be one of those guys that gets knocked around by those know
    it all’s, take a little time to learn a bit about wiring a panel board, or
    any thing for that matter. Understand what a service grounding conductor is
    used for and why the neutral and grounds are separated in a sub panel. Use
    the right terminology when referring to the ground terminals verses ground
    rods. Grounding conductors are not typically used for current caring
    conductors. There is some truth in most of the comments below, but don’t
    take it too hard, there just trying to help. I noticed your panel was
    flush with the wall stud, I would set it out to the thickness of the
    wallboard you plan on installing, this will save you looking for longer
    screws to mount the cover panel. One last thing, double wiring grounds and
    neutrals is fronded upon, specially with the neutrals my friend. Stay

  8. Chris Entzel says:

    You presented that video very well. Thank you!

  9. wm axx says:

    this guy has a romex cutter wtf

  10. thebad3 says:

    One other thought here is that you Might state what State you are working
    in …and maybe even the city, these methods might change from State to
    State and city to city.

  11. greg l says:

    Thank you so much for this video—-it seems to be the only one on u tube
    that takes on this task that seems so difficult for the do it yur
    selfer—–I don’t understand why someone hasn’t posted a similar video
    much sooner—I just assumed electricians didn’t want others to learn for
    job security —which is why I think u r getting negative comments Thanks
    again and pls make more of these —u have my subscription 

  12. byekim mikeyb says:

    Good stuff. I like the way you kept the l”label” piece.

  13. Paul Pollock says:

    nice video but doubling up the neutrals on one landing lug is a no no. I’ve
    been a electrical contractor fro 25 years and most inspectors will call you
    on that. I do like they way you label the romex and then use that to
    identify the breaker, 

  14. Irving Andrade says:

    when u will pay attention even to small thing u will be good electrician 

  15. Peter Kopinski says:

    I’m shocked at how nit-picky many of these comments are. Ryndon, you did a
    fine job, and I really appreciate your taking the effort. There are many
    nuances to electrical wiring, and electrical codes vary from area to area.
    Anyone performing electrical work needs to adapt there practice to their
    particular situation and code requirements. As an example of one great way
    to wire an electrical panel, this video is excellent. Its one thing to
    discuss details that one likes to do differently or that the inspectors
    require in your area, but don’t be so quick to criticize. Ryndon knows his
    job and does it enthusiastically and with attention to detail. Great Video!

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  17. HurricaneX66 says:

    Oh man.. European installations are so much safer and better :)

  18. Walter M says:


  19. ThingsDemystified says:

    Do you have to nail the wires to a board 12″ away if you use NM cable
    connectors where there are 2 screws pressing on a metal plate that squeezes
    the wire so that it cannot move? The reason I ask is because I am adding
    circuits to my existing panel, and it is installed in a finished wall. I’d
    have to cut open the wall to nail the wires 12″ away. I was just going to
    nail the wires to a location at the ceiling above the panel.

  20. shogunMR says:

    thanks for the video you did good explaining everything was a big help …

  21. ARobertsWorld says:

    Project circumstances are going to be different everywhere. I used to work
    for SQD selling same panels and I think this is an Excellent video. Great
    electrician and communicator.

  22. benerito Garcia says:

    One neutral under screw never should have two under one screw otherwise ok

  23. olayino says:

    what about talking DEAD people by electrocution like 3 of my electrician

  24. astracd666 says:

    Hrvatska lutrija

  25. lord wahl says:

    im a licensed electrical contractor. im very unhappy about all the positive
    comments this video has accrued. this video is going to seriously injure or
    kill someone for lack of explanation of the power drop, hire a