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#42922 - 09/28/04 10:02 PM Hanging a twist lock  
Joey D  Offline
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 259
Arlington MA U.S.
I have a machine in the middle of the floor of a bakery and they want to have a cord hanging from the ceiling to plug the machine in when they use it then unplug it and move it out of the way when not in use.
I hung a cord from the ceiling, a twist loc recept, it has strain relieve connector and a strain relieve hanger but inspector does not like it. Any idea's?

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#42923 - 09/28/04 10:44 PM Re: Hanging a twist lock  
Electric Eagle  Offline
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 914
Alpharetta, GA
What specifically does the inspector like?

#42924 - 09/28/04 11:27 PM Re: Hanging a twist lock  
Bill Addiss  Offline
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Posts: 3,878

Is this a Twist-lock connector?
Or a Receptacle in a Box?


#42925 - 09/29/04 12:02 AM Re: Hanging a twist lock  
Bjarney  Offline
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Posts: 2,527
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Would he buy into basket-grip connectors on the upper and lower ends of the cord?

Another approach may be liquidtite flexible-metal conduit with Kellems connectors on both ends. Worked well in a printing shop one time.

#42926 - 09/29/04 07:50 AM Re: Hanging a twist lock  
Joey D  Offline
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 259
Arlington MA U.S.
It is a twist loc cord cap hanging.
The inspector just said, I don't know if I like that. I was not there to meet him

#42927 - 09/29/04 08:41 AM Re: Hanging a twist lock  
Attic Rat  Offline
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Posts: 524
Bergen Co.,N.J. USA
The inspector just said, "I don't know if I like that".

... He's gonna have to be a tad bit more specific here,...I looked in the Codebook all night long and couldn't find an Article or section for "I don't know if I like that".. Maybe it'll be in the new 2005 book,..I could just see it now,.. Art.900.1[B]... The AHJ shall reserve the right to be as ambiguous as possible in determining the offending device as unsafe..

.."if it ain't fixed,don't break a Licensed Electrician"

#42928 - 09/29/04 10:23 AM Re: Hanging a twist lock  

I had a shop set up this way with around 30 drops hard wired into a j-box and had it rejected also.
Inspector sited 2002 NEC 400.8 (1) "Uses not permitted". " As a substitute for fixed wiring of a structure."

I ended up going with the sealtight method mentioned above. (Those threaded cord caps were not cheap!)

[This message has been edited by kentvw (edited 09-29-2004).]

#42929 - 09/29/04 11:52 AM Re: Hanging a twist lock  
SolarPowered  Offline
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Posts: 625
Palo Alto, CA, USA
Pendants are specifically permitted by 400.7(A)(1). They are also discussed in 210.50(A) (Cord Pendants}; 314.23(H)(1) (Pendant Boxes, Flexible Cord); 314.25(C) (Flexible Cord Pendants); and 314.42 (Bushings).

#42930 - 09/29/04 03:22 PM Re: Hanging a twist lock  
earlydean  Offline
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Posts: 751
Griswold, CT, USA
I think the statement made by the inspector was a request for you to do his job and justify your use of the pendant cord with a code reference. He couldn't just come out and say due to his limited experience and knowledge of the code, he didn't have a clue if it was permitted or not, but rather he said, "I don't know if I like that".
Cite the code references already posted by SolarPowered, and make him either accept or reject the installation.
By the way, inspectors are required to cite the code reference violated when they reject an installation. We should all insist upon those code references when we get bad news.


#42931 - 09/29/04 04:21 PM Re: Hanging a twist lock  
Joey D  Offline
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 259
Arlington MA U.S.
Thanks guys. I don't run into inspectors like this often as I try to be there when they are but 7am to noon was to big of a window to hang around for. The guy has no office hours as well, his secratary claims he is in and gone before I get here and I never see him.
If I ran a business like that I would be out of business. I have 3 calls into him to call me with a reason I can't do it like I did.

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