The journeyman I learned under would do his best to make sure they were.
Originally Posted by jap
He would start with equal length conductors, make up one end them move to the other; grab one conductor, see where it needed to land cut it off and land it, save the scrap and use it to measure how much to cut off all the others.
Then he would weave, bend, curl, cuss, kick the conductors, cuss some more, bend the conductors the other way, curl them around his forearm and stuff them in the panel, cuss, cuss, cuss, pull them out, step on them, cuss some more, stuff them back in, give the ones that needed it another good kick, land and tighten everything. After that we got to go home.
Sometimes it was before sundown, other times I had to pull the truck around and shine the headlights toward where we were working.
There is no leeway in the code. Parallel conductors have to be the same length.
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