What is your preferred technique for cutting the armor. I use the rotary cutting saw (MC goes into a hand-held clamp, you squeeze, and rotate the handle, and the blade cuts the armor. Works _great_, except that the cut goes the long ways and leaves a very sharp point to the armor. I'd think that a 'redhead' is absolutely essential with this sort of cut. I much prefer the _results_ that I get when using a hacksaw...but the rotary cutting saw is ever so much faster.
Re: Anti-Short Bushings "Redhead" Not Required?#86728 11/25/0301:09 PM11/25/0301:09 PM
I as a customer would require them, even if code does not.
Further question along these lines: when you are wearing your inspectors hat, do you verify that the installation is up to code, or do you also verify that the installation is up to whatever additional requirements the customer has specified? So, for example, if I as a customer requested anti-short bushings, and this was agreed to in the bid, is it the business of the inspector to report this if they are noted to be missing?
Re: Anti-Short Bushings "Redhead" Not Required?#86730 11/25/0302:01 PM11/25/0302:01 PM
If the fitting I posted above was used it would expose the end of any Type AC or MC, cable and I would call for the bushing.
I am sure that the NEMA report is what everyone in the field understands and believes.
I would challenge each of the members of that committee to install a piece of AC and MC cable in the same box and expose the MC to a fault at its termination in a fitting, however you want, and the lack of the bushing will prove a point --- it will cause an arc, and a fire and create a hazard.
I call for a public meeting in a place where we can perform this test and see the results, or maybe someone would agree to do a video of the same test?
PS: I am glad you do approve of the use of the busings anyway, you are a "seasoned mechanic"!
Joe Tedesco, NEC Consultant
Re: Anti-Short Bushings "Redhead" Not Required?#86733 11/25/0305:53 PM11/25/0305:53 PM