Sven... The "white stuff" is indeed 14/2 Romex.. You also win the "eagle eye" award... That panel is indeed in a bathroom! Story is, that the bathroom was created from what "was" once part of the back porch.. Hence, the original location of the fuse box when this 1928 house was built... I'm curious how long it's been illegal to have a panel in a bathroom... since the homeowner states the bathroom was there when he bought the house in 1952 & so was the fuse box... A relative installed the Murray subpanel sometime in the early 90's.. The cloth ground wire entering the back of the panel through the hole goes down under the house & "wraps" around a water pipe!
Doug... There is a flex connector there.. the disconnect cover overlaps the can a little.. No ground in the flex BTW...
Randy: What are they using for a power source to the bathroom panel? All I can see is a pair of wires (blue and white) coming out of the end of a 1/2" piece of iron pipe stuck through the top of the can. I guess they only needed half the panel energized...?
Oh okay. My bad. Yeah if I look closely enough I can see that it's NM (especially in the first of the two shots that show the cable going into the box).
Thing is, I'm so used to seeing people use white 16-AWG/type SPT-2 cord as fixed surface-mount wiring that if I see white cable with that groove running down the middle the first thing that pops into my head is zip cord.
The fact that we don't use NM cable in most New York City construction also doesn't help.
P.S. Local code ammendments require type BX cable on multi-story buildings (I think more than two or three stories, I'll check tonight) and obviously commercial structures.