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#81793 - 09/18/02 05:04 PM Color coded NM ??
Sean WB Offline

Registered: 09/15/02
Posts: 113
Loc: South TX
Is there something new with the romex sheathing being color coded? have they adopted that and are enforcing it?? I was told that there may be a rule for these colors to make inspections "easier"
The 12/2 is yellow, 10/2 ( i think)is orange so on and so forth.
Would someone clear this up for me? what are the 14/2, 12/3 colors?
I am still buying 12/2, 10/2 with a white sheath from my supplier, but occassionaly I get a yello sheathed 12/2.
very curious

[This message has been edited by Sean WB (edited 09-18-2002).]
I did not get as think so badly as you shocked I did.

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#81794 - 09/18/02 05:41 PM Re: Color coded NM ??
arseegee Offline

Registered: 01/28/02
Posts: 321
Loc: Statesboro, GA USA
14awg is still white. It only specifies gauge and not conductor quanity. I think Southwire started the ball rolling and everyone else jumped in. There is no requirement as far as I know to have a colored sheath. I guess 8awg nmb will be the next color added, maybe blue... who knows.

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#81795 - 09/18/02 06:37 PM Re: Color coded NM ??
sparky Offline

Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5545
14's white, 12's yellow, 10's orange, 8's the median trade age has risen ,i guess they figger we can't read it anymore.....

#81796 - 09/18/02 07:20 PM Re: Color coded NM ??
Roger Offline

Registered: 05/18/02
Posts: 1779
Loc: N.C.
Go here, for more color codeing.


#81797 - 09/18/02 07:58 PM Re: Color coded NM ??
harold endean Offline

Registered: 02/16/02
Posts: 2248
Loc: Boonton, NJ
Actually it is to help out the poor AHJ's. We are stoopid and can't tell the difference between 14 and 12 ga. wire. Actually some of us get real busy while inspecting and it does help for instant identification of the wire. Just like some recess lights are white for non IC cans and silver for the IC type cans. This one also helps building inspectors know when insulation can or can not touch the light.

#81798 - 09/19/02 06:05 AM Re: Color coded NM ??
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Registered: 12/01/00
Posts: 226
Loc: Sedalia,MO, USA
I have noticed the printing on the wire is getting smaller or my arms are getting shorter!!


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