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#9929 - 05/22/02 08:08 AM Old farm overhead still legal?  
Don W  Offline
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I was called out to a job that had 2 single conductors (#12 or #10) ran from the farm house to a small out building. The run was about 90 ft from the house to a utility pole then to the building on insulators. A tree branch came down and broke the hot wire. My question is it still legal to run a circuit this way. The circuit is a 20 amp and only operates a single liht and outlet inside the building. The only code reference I could find was NEC 225.6(a) The house is located in a small town in northeast Ohio. Thanks for the help.
Don


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#9930 - 05/22/02 08:51 PM Re: Old farm overhead still legal?  
golf junkie  Offline
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York, NE
Hi Don,

Welcome to the board.

I run into this type of wiring all the time here in rural Nebraska.

If the wire is damaged or bare I would replace the entire length with triplex O.H. That is standard procedure for us.

GJ


#9931 - 05/23/02 06:40 AM Re: Old farm overhead still legal?  
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No ground for the receptacle?


#9932 - 05/23/02 07:33 AM Re: Old farm overhead still legal?  
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Redsy,
no there is no groung. The outlet is an old 2 wire type. This wiring was installed about the late 1940's early 1950's. The owner wants a new wire installed to replace what was broken by the tree limb. I wasn't sure if it was still legal to run wire this way. I did consider triplex but running a single conductor was a cheaper out for these older folks. Thanks for the replies.



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