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NEMA 3R enclosure #180482
08/27/08 02:25 PM
08/27/08 02:25 PM
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sudsy4  Offline OP
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Can I come thru a wall into the back of a NEMA 3R enclosure mounted on the wall and maintain the 3R rating?

Thanks


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Re: NEMA 3R enclosure [Re: sudsy4] #180484
08/27/08 03:11 PM
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wire_twister  Offline
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If you use a myers hub.


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Re: NEMA 3R enclosure [Re: wire_twister] #180485
08/27/08 04:56 PM
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To answer that, you need to understand how the enclosures are tested.

For the NEMA-3R test, a driving rain is sent onto the enclosure at about a 15 degree angle. At the end of the test, there cannot be a 'significant' amount of water in the enclosure.

In addition, there is a rule that factory KO 'pre-punches' cannot be located higher than the lowest energized part.

Some understand the latter rule to mean that ANY opening made above the lowest energized part has use a Myers' hub. I'm not convinced of that logic for vertical faces, though I agree when the opening is on the top face. (After all, snow and water can accumulate on the top).

For openings on protected faces - like the back - I have a bit of trouble imagining how any significant amount of water can ever reach the opening - let alone enter it.

Remember ... NEMA-3R is essentially a glorified umbrella; it's not intended to protect a directed water source, such as a hose stream.

Re: NEMA 3R enclosure [Re: renosteinke] #180487
08/27/08 05:18 PM
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sparkyinak  Offline
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I agree with Reno. The hole on top of some 3R's enclosures has that up rolled lip to prevent wat to get into the enclosure.


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Re: NEMA 3R enclosure [Re: sparkyinak] #180495
08/27/08 08:30 PM
08/27/08 08:30 PM
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gfretwell  Offline

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Don't we go in the back of meter cans all the time? I don't remember any special fitting.


Greg Fretwell
Re: NEMA 3R enclosure [Re: gfretwell] #180498
08/27/08 10:00 PM
08/27/08 10:00 PM
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sparkyinak  Offline
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The special fittings were for "field expediant" holes not factory KO's


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Re: NEMA 3R enclosure [Re: sparkyinak] #180542
08/29/08 10:57 AM
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JValdes  Offline
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You can use a nipple or conduit in the back bottom factory KO and maintain the rating. If its a concentric KO, and you have any rings left you must bond with a bonding bushing. Not required with PVC of course.

Re: NEMA 3R enclosure [Re: JValdes] #180545
08/29/08 12:39 PM
08/29/08 12:39 PM
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If its a concentric KO, and you have any rings left you must bond with a bonding bushing


JV, Unless it's service equipment (or you really blow out the concentric KO's), they're not required on systems for under 250 volts to ground.



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