In my never ending remodeling projects, I am in the process of adding a couple of recepticles to my existing kitchen circuit. It is a 20A circuit and only has 2 single receptacles on it now and I am changing them to duplexes.
The problem is that the wires in the boxes were trimmed very short, they extend maybe an inch or so beyond the boxes, don't ask me why, it is just how they are. Can I add a pigtail to these to give myself sufficient working length extending beyond the box or is it necessary to pull new wire to remedy this situation (would be a real pain). I guess my basic question here is "do all wire ends need to extend the minimum distance from the box or just the ones connecting the device at that box"?
Having recently wired my vacation home in the same county, the inspector pulled a "sample" recepticle to check my work, including the length of the wires, so I imagine he will do the same here.
Thanks in advance.