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#198160 - 01/13/11 08:02 PM Chicago bonding jumper color?  
cpalm1  Offline
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I recently helped a friend upgrade his service in a Chicago suburb that follows Chicago code. We failed the inspection because the inspector said that the bonding jumper from the service entrance conduit to the neutral/ground bar was green and the code specifies it "shall not be green or white". Is this true? He suggested black wire with no green tape? Also the GEC to the ground rod was green and he said that was no good but he didn't write it up.

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#198163 - 01/13/11 08:26 PM Re: Chicago bonding jumper color? [Re: cpalm1]  
mikesh  Offline
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Only in Chicago.
I wonder what that is all about? What color is Bare?

#198166 - 01/13/11 08:48 PM Re: Chicago bonding jumper color? [Re: mikesh]  
wa2ise  Offline
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Originally Posted by mikesh
Only in Chicago.
... What color is Bare?

Copper color? laugh

#198168 - 01/13/11 09:29 PM Re: Chicago bonding jumper color? [Re: wa2ise]  
cpalm1  Offline
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Originally Posted by wa2ise
Originally Posted by mikesh
Only in Chicago.
... What color is Bare?

Copper color? laugh

Which becomes green after a few years of being outside. Do I need to clean my GEC annually to prevent tarnishing if I choose a bare conductor? smile

#198170 - 01/13/11 10:01 PM Re: Chicago bonding jumper color? [Re: cpalm1]  
renosteinke  Offline
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Well, it is correct that the NEC does not allow the wire from the panel to the grounding electrode to be green, or white.

#198172 - 01/13/11 10:13 PM Re: Chicago bonding jumper color? [Re: renosteinke]  
gfretwell  Offline

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The only way a green color on the GEC is non-compliant is if it is a color on the insulation. 200.6 defines the colors of insulated wires.

Greg Fretwell

#198187 - 01/14/11 10:15 AM Re: Chicago bonding jumper color? [Re: gfretwell]  
ghost307  Offline
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That's just one of the challenges of working in Chicago.

You never know if a requirement is actually in the Code, a specific interpretation, a leftover rule from days gone by, or just that particular Inspector having a better way to skin the cat (or having it out for you).

It would be really nice if they had to give you specific Code references when they make their comments, but that'll never happen.

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