NEC Code Basics

Temporary Installations Must be Safe Too

Errors in temporary installations can have permanent consequences.

It’s a common misconception that temporary wiring represents a lower standard than that of other wiring. In truth, it merely meets a different standard. The same rules of workmanship, ampacity, and overcurrent protection apply to temporary installations as to others.

How is a temporary installation different? In one sense, it does represent a lower standard. For example, you can use Type NM cable rather than raceway-enclosed wiring without any limitations based on the type of co

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