I am installing an Eaton CHSPT2ULTRA surge protector to my Siemens QP breaker box.
The surge protector has (4) 14-gauge stranded wires to connect. I had no problems making a tight connection with the green wire to the grounding bar, and to the white I added some stranded 10-gauge wire with a wire nut to reach the neutral bar, which is secured tightly.
The problem is that the black and red wires connected to the 50 amp breaker don’t seem too secure. If I tug on the wires somewhat they don’t come out, but I think if I pulled harder I could pull them out of the breaker without too much effort.
Taking a close look at the 50 amp breaker, it’s (of course) made for a much larger (8-gauge) wire. Even with the screw all the way tight, there is still space at the bottom of the screw. So it seems to me that the 14-gauge stranded wire just isn’t big enough for the breaker screw to hold the wire tightly.
What is the best way to fix this loose connection at the breaker?
- Can I use crimp-on spade terminals to the two breaker wires? Is it up to code to have this connector inside a breaker box? Gardner Bender makes a 16-14 AWG 4-6 Stud Spade Terminal, Vinyl Blue (10-Pack) that is rated for 600-Volt maximum rating as building wiring and 1,000-Volt maximum rating for signs and fixtures, and has UL and CSA safety listings.
- Is there a better way to do this?