How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn't identify? Here's your chance to moonlight as an electrical inspector and second-guess someone else's work from the safety of your living room or office. Joe Tedesco, who has a knack for finding shoddy electrical work, did the dirty work and found this mess. Now it's your turn to identify the violation.

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You should never allow the wiring method shown in this photo to be run on the ground surface. It's clearly a violation of NEC rules.

As per 350.12, liquidtight flexible metal conduit (LFMC) shall not be used where subject to physical damage and where any combination of ambient and conductor temperature produces an operating temperature greater than the material is approved.

As a side note, the NEC does allow you to direct bury LFMC when it's listed and marked for this use [350.10(3)].

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