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#122792 - 01/18/06 12:53 AM Violation? or just Ugly?  
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Can't seem to figure out if this is a violation or just really ugly.

Its a 100A subpanel feeding some DC rectifiers in a telecom shelter.

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#122793 - 01/18/06 02:22 PM Re: Violation? or just Ugly?  
Wizzie Electric  Offline
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Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Can...
Looks like someone went a little "coupler crazy" Also whats the green cable in the corner "ground)?

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#122794 - 01/18/06 03:06 PM Re: Violation? or just Ugly?  
Radar  Offline
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 349
Los Angeles, CA
Why waste money on perfectly good conduit if you happen to have a bunch of miscellaneous couplings and spare parts laying around?

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#122795 - 01/18/06 03:48 PM Re: Violation? or just Ugly?  
NJ_WVUGrad  Offline
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Posts: 47
Neptune, NJ, USA
The green cable on the side is part of the HALO grounding system in side the shelter, It runs out to an external grounding ring.

STuff like this is tough to explain to a client when your telling them that there existing work is poor, unless you can point out a violation they really don't care.

However, when their field tech comes to punch out the site, who gets called out for it.

WOuld this fail for "workmanlike" you think?

#122796 - 01/18/06 04:13 PM Re: Violation? or just Ugly?  
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SI,New Zealand
Doesn't look like it'll leak. [Linked Image]

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#122797 - 01/18/06 04:45 PM Re: Violation? or just Ugly?  
electech  Offline
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Posts: 113
Northern Il
Does the NEC apply here?

#122798 - 01/18/06 05:10 PM Re: Violation? or just Ugly?  
NJ_WVUGrad  Offline
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Posts: 47
Neptune, NJ, USA
Yes NEC does apply

or was that sarcasm?

#122799 - 01/18/06 06:09 PM Re: Violation? or just Ugly?  
walrus  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 680
Bangor Me. USA
If everything is tight, whats not workman like about it?? Not sure about the length maybe its need a clamp?? Mineralac?

#122800 - 01/18/06 09:01 PM Re: Violation? or just Ugly?  
renosteinke  Offline
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A close look at the midle coupling shows what appears to be a flush-cut reducing bushing nder the locknut. That, combined with the exposed threads on the chase nopple to the right, make me suspect that this pipe was installed after the panels were mounted- the various fittings are able to telescope enough to fit between the boxes.

#122801 - 01/20/06 03:22 PM Re: Violation? or just Ugly?  
John Crighton  Offline
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Posts: 177
Southern California
Well, with all those offset nipples, it's almost too many bends in one conduit run!

1) What's holding that coupling to the left panel? A chase nipple on the inside? Is that an accepted practice?

2) That offset nipple on the left doesn't look like it's threaded very far into the reducer bushing. If it was really made up wrench-tight, I'd expect there would be no threads showing.

I don't think I'd count on a lash-up like that as part of the ground path. In fact, I can hardly stand looking at it...

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