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#84355 - 03/22/03 09:05 PM Grounding Of General -Use Snap Switches  
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The exception to 404.9(B) allows for a switch to be ungrounded if it is "provided with a faceplate of nonconducting,noncombustible material.
Question is " Shouldn't this requirement also require the same for the faceplate screws" ? Although I see this alot in existing residential installations,very seldom do I see anything other than metal screws.


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#84356 - 03/23/03 09:17 AM Re: Grounding Of General -Use Snap Switches  
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Many years ago when I was contracting; we always grounded the switches. I feel it makes for a safer job. How many times have you installed a plactic plate and found the home owner changed the plate before final inspection. Now working as an inspector, I have to follow the NEC. I would like to see switched grounded, I know plates are changed and home owners will put on any thing they think looks nice.


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#84357 - 03/23/03 09:23 AM Re: Grounding Of General -Use Snap Switches  
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Doesn't the exception to grounding the yoke only apply to replacement switches where no grounding means is available.

But in those instances I agree with txsparky nylon screws would be a great idea.


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#84358 - 03/23/03 04:33 PM Re: Grounding Of General -Use Snap Switches  
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I seem to remember that in a "multi family housing STATE code, you needed non-conductive (nylon) screws) on switchplates.
It may have also applied to hotels/motels.
There was a thread relating to this a while ago, and I suggested that McMaster Carr still had nylon 6-32 screws in the catalog.
John


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