Can I join two or more branches within a panel to a single circuit breaker housed in that panel?
Can I do this for multiple circuits?
What limitations, if any, do I need to observe?
Which section of the code covers this situation (so I can point the inspector to it if there are any questions)?
I am the homeowner and we are in the process of converting a 1960's barn into finished space. The governing building codes are defined here. A building permit has been pulled and all work will be inspected. I am doing the electrical work myself.
About seven years ago, we hired a licensed electrician to install a new 100A sub-panel in the barn (connected to 200A main panel in the residence). This is a Siemens "2020" panel. Minimal circuits were installed to support livestock (cow, goats, sheep) and related storage in the barn. These previous circuits and all old fixtures are being removed as part of this project.
At this point, we are converting the barn for use as a 7BBL (propane-fired) nano-brewery and tasting room. I planned the the electrical for 16 circuits, with four left available for the plumber (HVAC). The plumber changed his plan and now needs six slots in the panel, so I need to reduce my number of circuits from 16 to 14.
The plumber told me "this is not a problem, you just need a couple of tandem breakers." In researching my panel, it appears that my panel does not support tandem (QT) type breakers.
If it is allowed, my preferred plan would be to pick appropriate branches to put on the same breaker and make this junction within the panel housing the breakers. This would allow me to "re-balance" the circuits in the future if needed simply by making changes within the panel.
If necessary, I can create junction boxes outside of the panel. Are there other alternatives?
The building inspector is one of my neighbors and I can ask him what he would prefer to see. However, I would rather just do it the right way without having to ask him too many questions.
What is the "right" (as opposed to "DIY") thing to do here?