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#95560 - 09/21/05 02:32 PM Reducing Washers
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Does anyone have any information on the use of reducing washers?
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#95561 - 09/21/05 02:37 PM Re: Reducing Washers
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UL White Book

OUTLET BUSHINGS AND FITTINGS (QCRV)

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GROUNDING
Metal reducing washers are considered suitable for grounding for use in
circuits over and under 250 V and where installed in accordance with
ANSI/NFPA 70, ‘‘National Electrical Code.’’


That's all I have except they make big holes small.
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#95562 - 09/21/05 03:01 PM Re: Reducing Washers
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Thanks Bob- That's what I needed.
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#95563 - 09/22/05 04:29 AM Re: Reducing Washers
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That information really makes me question the technical expertise of UL.
Don
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#95564 - 09/22/05 06:09 AM Re: Reducing Washers
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Don I think the problem is the difference between test conditions and real life.

I have no doubt you or I could make reducing washers carry fault current if we used a wire brush to remove all paint from the enclosure and tightened the lock nuts decently.

However I know I see reducing washers all the time that are up against paint and loose.

I think an inspector could cite 250.12 Clean Surfaces almost every time.

Personally I dislike everything about reducing washers.
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#95565 - 09/22/05 06:30 AM Re: Reducing Washers
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I discussed this matter with the UL representative of CMP 5 (Article 250). He was surprised as well, but looking at the listing standard, it appears as though under test conditions reducing washers that are listed are capable of carrying a tremendous amount of fault current. I don't recall the exat test now, but it was several thousand amps for a substantial duration.
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#95566 - 09/22/05 08:45 AM Re: Reducing Washers
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I'm sorry, but if the test conditions do not represent a real world installation, the results are worthless.
Don
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#95567 - 09/22/05 11:22 AM Re: Reducing Washers
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I vote with Bob. Reducing washers keep the connector from falling out but I would use a bonding nut if I wanted to make a secure grounding connection.
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#95568 - 09/22/05 04:27 PM Re: Reducing Washers
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Reducers -- gotta hate 'em....

Every time I see them it's a hack job.

I particularly dislike reducers used at NEMA3R disconnects where the installer is shrinking back from a 1 inch KO goof.
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#95569 - 09/22/05 05:48 PM Re: Reducing Washers
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I hate RE plates. I would rather screw a plate in the can and make sure there is a ground wire. I have had inspectors fail an installation; he wanted reducing washers; I had bolted a cover plate to the top of the box and had a grounding bushing and ground wire in the EMT. My way was better and I proved it to him with a megger. He made me change it to pass inspection. Still scratching my head Rod.

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