Joel Nash, design engineer, Tetra Tech, Inc., Pasadena, Calif.; Alan Hartley, Church & Murdock Electric, Erie, Penn.; and Roel Trevino, Trevino Electric, Falfurrias, Texas, all correctly identified the Code violation in the November 2003 column.

After the landscaping work is complete, this sealing fitting won't be accessible for inspection. In addition, this fitting isn't designed for use in direct burial applications.

Per 501.5(C)(1) of the 2002 NEC, “Enclosures for connections or equipment shall be provided with an integral means for sealing, or sealing fittings listed for the location shall be used. Sealing fittings shall be listed for use with one or more specific compounds and shall be accessible.”