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#69345 - 09/06/06 02:11 PM Romex Clamps - Inside out?
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Hello all. First, I hope everyone here had a nice and relaxing labor day weekend! My wife and I went to visit her parents for the day and, of course, overeat.

While we were there, I took a look at some wiring for an addition that was being built onto their house. The licensed electrician doing the job used a strange combination of single, two and three gang romex boxes (with the integral clamps in the back) and boxes with only 1/2" KO's. What immediately caught my eye about the KO boxes was that the romex clamps used to secure the wires were installed WITH THE CLAMP INSIDE THE BOX, not on the outside, the way I always thought it was supposed to be done. Besides taking up a lot of room inside the box that could better be used by wires and switch/receptacle bodies, is there any sort of code reference which does not allow this sort of thing?

I would think that, besides just looking really weird, there might be an issue of the sharp edges of the clamp damaging the wire insulation.

Have any of y'all ever run into this kind of thing before? I can't think of any logical reason for anyone (especially a licensed sparky) to do this.

Mike (mamills)

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#69346 - 09/06/06 02:31 PM Re: Romex Clamps - Inside out?
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Mike:
I have seen this occasionally over the years.
As to a violation, besides lack of common sense, I would say failure to follow mfg instructions/directions.

Box Fill can also be a item to cite, as the 'clamp' would have to be counted, along with any other clamps within the box.

As you said, conductor damageas an AHJ I cannot forsee 'future' problems. Budget constraints eliminated the physic and a crystal ball (HA)

Let's see what everyone else thinks

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#69347 - 09/06/06 02:38 PM Re: Romex Clamps - Inside out?
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110.3(B) "Listed or labled equipment shall be installed and used in accordance with any instructions included in the listing or labeling."

Guess you have to contact the manufacturer to see if the connectors are listed to be used this way. Doesn't seem right. And yep add one for box fill if it's allowed

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#69348 - 09/06/06 04:40 PM Re: Romex Clamps - Inside out?
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I have seen this in retro work where an enterprising guy actually fished into/out of a hole and managed to catch a locknut along the way. It just added a wire "tick" on the box fill for me. I don't see a problem as long as they don't run out of inches in the box.
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#69349 - 09/06/06 04:46 PM Re: Romex Clamps - Inside out?
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Usually if I'm fishing into a KO I attach the connector on the cable and pull it into the box along with the cable. Then just scew on the locknut.

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#69350 - 09/06/06 07:03 PM Re: Romex Clamps - Inside out?
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Yanici:
Welcome to ECN, from a 'Jersey Guy"
Where are you from??

John
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#69351 - 09/07/06 11:54 AM Re: Romex Clamps - Inside out?
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Not sure if it's against code, but definitely something out of the usual. After all, I dont think anyone would install an EMT connector backwards (Except for one thread from a while back about a temp guy doing that, did a search but couldn't find it.)

But then again, if it was the only option (such as the clamp goes in the back and the wall is too thin), it's better than no clamp.

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#69352 - 09/07/06 11:58 AM Re: Romex Clamps - Inside out?
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John, I'm from MA. Not too far from you but we talk funny.

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#69353 - 09/07/06 01:12 PM Re: Romex Clamps - Inside out?
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The times I have seen it they actually fished out the hole and into another hole. Like I said, an enterprising guy.
There was never access to the cable on the other side of the boxes.
More recently I have seen them use the plastic clamp, still installed inside to out.
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#69354 - 09/07/06 01:16 PM Re: Romex Clamps - Inside out?
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PE: In this case, the boxes were installed in ordinary 2x4 stud walls. Romex entered the top and bottom of various boxes, and in a couple of instances, the guy crammed two or three romexes through one clamp into a single gang box containing a receptacle, so I am sure there are some box fill issues that need dealing with. I mentioned these problems, and several others which I observed, to my father-in-law. His response: "Oh well, it's done, and it must be all right since he is licensed."

Pretty disheartening...

Mike (mamills)

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