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Romex connectors as bugs??? #68617
08/11/06 06:24 PM
08/11/06 06:24 PM
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Dnkldorf  Offline OP
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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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Re: Romex connectors as bugs??? #68618
08/11/06 07:58 PM
08/11/06 07:58 PM
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Sandro  Offline
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explanation of 'bugs' please.

Re: Romex connectors as bugs??? #68619
08/11/06 08:02 PM
08/11/06 08:02 PM
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Dnkldorf  Offline OP
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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..

Re: Romex connectors as bugs??? #68620
08/11/06 08:04 PM
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NJwirenut  Offline
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A "bug" is common US trade slang for a split-bolt connector.

[Linked Image]

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

Re: Romex connectors as bugs??? #68621
08/11/06 08:42 PM
08/11/06 08:42 PM
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Alan Nadon  Offline
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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.
Alan--


Alan--
If it was easy, anyone could do it.
Re: Romex connectors as bugs??? #68622
08/11/06 09:12 PM
08/11/06 09:12 PM
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Sandro  Offline
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Bugs, ok, never heard it before.

We sometimes refer to split bolts as Burndy's.

Re: Romex connectors as bugs??? #68623
08/11/06 09:50 PM
08/11/06 09:50 PM
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LK  Offline
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New Jersey
"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).]

Re: Romex connectors as bugs??? #68624
08/12/06 01:18 AM
08/12/06 01:18 AM
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Larry Fine  Offline
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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.


Larry Fine
Fine Electric Co.
fineelectricco.com
Re: Romex connectors as bugs??? #68625
08/12/06 01:21 AM
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Larry Fine  Offline
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These guys:

[Linked Image]


Larry Fine
Fine Electric Co.
fineelectricco.com
Re: Romex connectors as bugs??? #68626
08/12/06 12:49 PM
08/12/06 12:49 PM
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wa2ise  Offline
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Oradell NJ USA
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]

[This message has been edited by wa2ise (edited 08-12-2006).]

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