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#68617 08/11/06 06:24 PM
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I just read on another forum about contractors using romex connectors as temporary bugs for service drops.

Kinda scary application to me.

Any thoughts?

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explanation of 'bugs' please.

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Sandro,

"bugs" as in split bolt connectors.

I can't see a romex connector working as these, but then again I've never tried it..

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A "bug" is common US trade slang for a split-bolt connector.

[Linked Image from images.amazon.com]

I've heard of the romex connector trick, as well. Sounds like a really bad idea, especially for the neutral..

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See it frequently.
Since it is the grey area of NEC local inspection and the NESC utility co. it is hard to call it a violation. When it fails the electrician pays.
I have seen installations that waited years to get connected because of a paper work mix up.
It goes along with the romex connector on the end of the conduit run to bond the grounding electrode. Definately a violation.
U.L. has yet to establish the current carrying ability of a NM cable conector.
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Bugs, ok, never heard it before.

We sometimes refer to split bolts as Burndy's.

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"contractors using romex connectors as temporary bugs for service drops."

I can't express what i think on this subject, it's a family site.

"Kinda scary application to me."

And it should be!



[This message has been edited by LK (edited 08-11-2006).]

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Years ago, when I was an itty-bitty helper, I was told to use Tomic connectors as temporary connectors when reattaching a service drop.

In case anyone doesn't recognize "Tomic", they're the old-fashioned two-part-plus-screws type of NM cable clamp that we find when doing service upgrades.

Little did I know.


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These guys:

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Isn't that the cord clamp that is usually a part of a cord cap? The kind with a metal shell? For SO cable, not romex?

Next thing you'll see is someone using ty-raps to hold connections together [Linked Image]

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