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#95082 - 08/26/05 07:56 PM Old issue re-visited
George Little Offline
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Here's a picture of the violation I noted some time ago and I have been assured that the manufacturer will be making a change. Need "in-use cover" if installed in wet location. http://homepage.mac.com/georgelittle/generator_recptacle.jpg
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#95083 - 08/26/05 07:58 PM Re: Old issue re-visited
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But, the receptacle is not in use. Why change it?

Rob
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#95084 - 08/26/05 08:52 PM Re: Old issue re-visited
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I agree with Sierra. The in use cover makes perfect sense when a receptacle is in use but the regular snap cover does a lot better job of keeping the water out when it isn't. Didn't we just have a long conversation about a tiny leak around an EMT fitting? Why force the installer to use a leaky cover on a seldom used receptacle. That is a GFI "nuisance trip" waiting to happen.
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#95085 - 08/27/05 04:40 AM Re: Old issue re-visited
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I've never considered an in use cover to be leaky.

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#95086 - 08/27/05 04:52 AM Re: Old issue re-visited
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I have never believed the NEC should be used as a manufacturing standard.

Here if that unit was listed by an NTL the inspector must accept it as is.

Where I live 90.4 has been amended, in part it says

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shall accept listed and labeled equipment or materials where used or installed in accordance with instructions included with the listing or labeling.




Bob
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#95087 - 08/27/05 07:38 AM Re: Old issue re-visited
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Bob
I agree it is much easier for an inspector to "APPROVE" listed equipment, but sometimes the listed equipment may have a defect or may have slipped an item in after some UL inspections. What I do is refer the photo like we see here to UL and have them reevaluate the situation. If they say okay, than that is good for me.

NYS requires "inuse covers" for all residential outdoor receptacles that are exposed to the weather (not protected by awnings, etc...).
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#95088 - 08/27/05 09:01 AM Re: Old issue re-visited
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Tiger, the snap cover is gasketed, I have never seen an in use cover that was. Most end up being a pretty loose fit that is terrible if the user isn't very careful to lock it down.
Maybe if you live in a place where the rain always falls in a gentle straight down way that isn't a problem but it rains sideways here as often as not.
Even your garden variety summer shower will be accompanied by 30-40 mph gusts.
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#95089 - 08/27/05 10:15 AM Re: Old issue re-visited
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Pierre

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What I do is refer the photo like we see here to UL and have them reevaluate the situation. If they say okay, than that is good for me.


That is not an option for inspectors here, listed = approved.

The problem I have is this.

We can look at the inside of almost any listed equipment and find NEC violations, that outlet may well be wired with 14 AWG and have a 20 amp OCP.

NEC violation yes, but fine if part of listed equipment.

If inspectors start second guessing listings where would they stop?

As you can tell I think our amendment is a good one.

It also takes responsibility or concern away from the inspector for listed equipment.

Lets face it a home generator is a dangerous piece of equipment, fingers can get into moving parts, you can be burnt, the exhaust can kill and of course the electricity can hurt you.

At some point Americans have to be responsible for there own actions.

That cover clearly states.

"Approved for wet locations only when closed"

JMHO, Bob
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#95090 - 08/27/05 10:42 AM Re: Old issue re-visited
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I opened a P&S legrand while-in use cover and while not gasketed there is a tongue-in-groove configuration that looks pretty good to me. I could install it and stuff it with some tissue paper to give it a hose test, but the UL listing is good enough for me.

Dave
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