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- Whatâ€™s Wrong Here? Hint: You're Not on the List!
- Find the Answer
Can you identify the Code violation(s) in this photo?
Find the Answer
Section 348.20(A) of the 2011 NEC tells us that flexible metal conduit (FMC) smaller than ½ in. is permitted only for the following five applications.
1) For enclosing motor leads.
2) Maximum of 6 ft lengths for wiring utilization equipment, listed assemblies or luminaire tap connections.
3) Manufactured wiring systems
(4) Hoistway wiring, and
5) Listed assemblies for connecting luminaire sections.
The 3/8 in. FMC in this photo is much longer than 6 ft. In fact, the FMC continues for approximately 20 ft in this installation. It was used to wire a photocell mounted on the outside corner of the building. If there is no equipment ground wire installed inside the FMC then it is also creates a violation of 250.118(5)(c), which places a 6 ft limit on using the FMC as an equipment grounding conductor.
Also, since the FMC is tie-wrapped to the electrical metallic tubing (EMT), there is yet another violation. Section 300.11(B) generally does not permit ½ in. EMT to be used as a support of other raceways.
Lastly, section 348.6 requires FMC to be listed. The FMC used for this installation is not listed.