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Ontario, Canada.
Kitchen has a split receptacle with 2 hot wires (black and red). The metal tab on the receptacle (on the side of black/red wires) is broken off. There is a combined 20amp breaker at the electrical panel.

I am trying to install a USB charger receptacle, but it has just neutral, hot and ground terminals.

Is it safe to simply cap off the red wire, tape it up nicely, and push it to the back of the gang box?

I am not comfortable changing the breaker on the electrical panel.

  • Are there just 3 wires in 1 cable coming into the box? (Besides ground). – Harper - Reinstate Monica Sep 3 '17 at 20:33
  • @Harper yes, single Romex cable with 3 wires + ground – Slav Sep 3 '17 at 20:41
  • The red has nothing to do with the breaker. It's split in the room at the switch. – isherwood Sep 3 '17 at 21:09
  • By "Combined breaker" do you mean a two-pole breaker? – ThreePhaseEel Sep 3 '17 at 22:54
  • @isherwood I recall reading somewhere that Canada requires kitchen SABCs to be MWBCs – ThreePhaseEel Sep 3 '17 at 22:54
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Yes this is fine to do but against code because that plug is required to be split to meet code rules for kitchen counter tops.

CEC 26-712(d)(iii)

  • This answer could use a fair bit of expansion, and a Code quote would be a nice finishing touch :) – ThreePhaseEel Sep 4 '17 at 18:40
  • Thanks. For a home owner, what's the consequence of not being to code? – Slav Sep 4 '17 at 23:13
  • Code quote is in the comment. Consequence is when you go to sell a diligent home inspector for a potential purchaser could call you on it and also if the house should burn down or something else it could be held against you. – Jonathan Gravells Sep 5 '17 at 19:17

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