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Mc cable under a 12 x 12 patio #220294 09/24/19 04:12 PM
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Hello- I have a question about installing mc cable under a patio or porch that is 12 x 12 open wall.

I say damp location.

Are stamped octagon boxes and screw type connectors allowed?

Thank you


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Re: Mc cable under a 12 x 12 patio [Re: akmaster] #220299 09/25/19 12:57 AM
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If it is a rain tight deck, (no water feeds through the cracks) it may be damp but I would still use bell boxes. Those galvanized octagon boxes will still rust up pretty bad in a damp location. I am not sure how they are listed because few people even try it here.


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Re: Mc cable under a 12 x 12 patio [Re: akmaster] #220300 09/25/19 01:20 PM
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Although the Code allows MC, I will go along with where Greg is going regarding the patio/deck being rain tight.

Are you talking alum jacket MC, or steel jacket? Personally I would have an issue with alum jacket being 'outside'. Note I say 'personally'. Or are you talking PVC jacketed MC which would be no issues, with the listed connectors, and a suitable box for the enviornment.

Maybe PVC conduit and PVC device boxes would be a better choice?



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Re: Mc cable under a 12 x 12 patio [Re: akmaster] #220302 09/25/19 08:43 PM
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There was a while when aluminum MC cable was sold as wet location. I am not sure why it was OK and then why it wasn't.

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Re: Mc cable under a 12 x 12 patio [Re: akmaster] #220303 09/25/19 08:46 PM
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I like RNC but it does have that sagging problem in the summer unless you strap it every 2 feet or so and you also need to deal with expansion issues.


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Re: Mc cable under a 12 x 12 patio [Re: akmaster] #220309 09/27/19 02:33 PM
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Greg:

I take that label as the rating/listing for the conductors, not the jacket, unless I'm missing something here.

I have seen the al jacket corroding in a few unfinished (older) basements that had no cliamate control.


John

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