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Why oh why? #127726 10/16/01 07:10 AM
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Why is only 31% conduit fill allowed for 2 wires, as opposed to 40% for 3?
I assume that it is precautionary, in the event that only 2 wires of a 3phase system are used, and the magnetic fields aren't cancelling. However, for all the commentary in the Handbook, this is not mentioned.
Anyone else.

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Re: Why oh why? #127727 10/16/01 02:44 PM
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Redsy,

My guess is that it would be because 2 wires together that took up 40% fill may be too tight to pull through a conduit because they would be like >> oo or 8 << and together might approach the inside conduit diameter with the 40% fill limit. It would be a tight one for sure! Straight pulls might not be so bad, but 360 degrees would be another thing.

Does that make sense?

Bill


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Re: Why oh why? #127728 10/16/01 08:49 PM
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Redsy,
I see FPN #2 70-561, to back up the angle Bill's offered. Other than that the #'s do make me wonder if any specific mathematical logic was followed.
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Re: Why oh why? #127729 10/16/01 10:06 PM
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Guys,
Ahh..
The jam ratio! Lots of thought went into this idea. I think it refers to 3 wires, though. Not two.

Re: Why oh why? #127730 10/16/01 11:02 PM
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Redsy,

That's my best shot...

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Re: Why oh why? #127731 10/17/01 07:12 AM
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Bill,

It's not anything that really concerns me. It's just something I have wondered about this in the past, and now, with this forum I thought I'd bounce it around.
Thanks.

Re: Why oh why? #127732 10/17/01 07:22 AM
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Redsy,
We are, as electricians, always complying to code, and left wondering about the rationale. The handbook only goes so far, the only other resource would be a formal interpetation.
The thing is, some codes, and specifics , are probably so old there's no one left to explain it's orgin.

Re: Why oh why? #127733 10/17/01 12:47 PM
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sparky,
A formal interpretation would be of no help in finding out the "why" as the NFPA requires that requests for a formal interpretation be submitted in a manner that will allow the NFPA to answer the question with either a "yes" or a "no". The only way that I know of would be to find the TCR (now known as ROP) and the TCD (now known as the ROC) for the proposal that became the rule.
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Re: Why oh why? #127734 10/17/01 07:55 PM
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Don,
Sounds like some serious archive searching, at least on this issue. It makes me wonder if anyone actually pursues code history to this extent.


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