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#87789 - 04/14/04 04:09 PM code q on light bar
Sparkeee32 Offline

Registered: 03/23/04
Posts: 32
Loc: Federal Way WA USA
I have seen a few sparkees at my shop taping the 14-2 switch leg to the steel bar that the light box is fastened to. This is the first company I have been at where I have seen this done. Is it legal? and can it fulfill the minimum required length of wire before a staple? and if it is all legal, and up to about some pros and cons on why you would choose ot choose not to do this. Thanks! -every days an experience of something new- Brian

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#87790 - 04/14/04 09:12 PM Re: code q on light bar
DougW Offline

Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 1083
Loc: North Chicago, IL
I don't think that it would meet the Code for support/securing by itself, but I don't think it's aginst code do so it in addition to the regular staple. Keeps it out of the way while you're doing other stuff up there I guess...

#87791 - 04/15/04 07:49 AM Re: code q on light bar
ElectricAL Offline

Registered: 10/10/01
Posts: 615
Loc: Minneapolis, MN USA

334.30 Securing and Supporting. Nonmetallic-sheathed cable shall be secured by staples, cable ties, straps, hangers, or similar fittings designed and installed so as not to damage the cable. . . .

100 Definitions. Fitting. An accessory such as a locknut, bushing, or other part of a wiring system that is intended primarily to perform a mechanical rather than an electrical function.

I don't think the tape can be used as a support. Even if taped to the box hanger bar, there would still be the need for a support within 12", when clamped in the box.

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#87792 - 04/17/04 07:14 PM Re: code q on light bar
hbiss Offline

Registered: 12/16/03
Posts: 893
Loc: Hawthorne, NY USA
I don't use tape but certainly a ty-rap or a piece of tie wire should qualify. Sometimes when you have the box in the middle of a 24" bay you are just beyond 12". Nothing wrong with fastening to the bar.


#87793 - 04/18/04 03:16 AM Re: code q on light bar
rizer Offline

Registered: 01/03/04
Posts: 90
Loc: bradenton ,fl.,usa
ty wrap sounds good but the tie wire? i was shot down years ago by an inspector because tie wire was not "listed" as an approved support. i used it with metal studs, it kept the wire centerd on the stud. she wanted me to use 1 hole straps.


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