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#92794 - 04/07/05 12:21 PM Romex pulled into box..
electcontrctr Offline

Registered: 04/07/05
Posts: 15
Loc: Fairbanks, AK USA
Is there a code requirement that romex must be pulled tight into a box?

Is there any problem with leaving a few inches of slack outside the box?

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#92795 - 04/07/05 08:53 PM Re: Romex pulled into box..
DougW Offline

Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 1083
Loc: North Chicago, IL
I think the biggest difference is in rough v. finished (ie fished) work.

With the former, while having a few inches of slack isn't a bad idea, it can result in an "unworkmanlike" appearance that might peeve AHJ's during a rough inspection.

With fished, who's going to know? (just kidding)

Maybe the goal is to anticipate future access to the wall cavity. After all, most folks think of wire going pretty much perpendicularly out of a box.

#92796 - 04/08/05 09:15 AM Re: Romex pulled into box..
Alan Nadon Offline

Registered: 03/10/05
Posts: 398
Loc: Elkhart, IN. USA
You don't mention if the cable is clamped in the box, or if it is a single gang NM box. If a single gang nonmetallic box without a clamp then the lencth of the cable, measured along the cable to a point where it is secured cannot be more than 8 inches (314.17(C)exception. I have seen cables stapled within six inches of the box with an additional 12 inch loop before it went into the box. That made it a violation. Alan
If it was easy, anyone could do it.


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