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Code Q&A: NEC Requirements for Backfill

March 28, 2024
Test your knowledge of the NEC with this challenging question.

Courtesy of www.MikeHolt.com. Based on the 2023 NEC.

Question: Backfill used for underground wiring shall not damage _____ or prevent adequate compaction of fill or contribute to corrosion.

a) raceways

b) cables

c) conductors

d) any of these

See answer below.

 

 

 

 

Answer: d) any of these

The answer to this question is found in Sec. 300.5(F). The Code states, "Backfill that contains large rocks, paving materials, cinders, large or sharply angular substances, or corrosive material shall not be placed in an excavation where materials might damage raceways, cables, conductors, or other substructures or prevent adequate compaction of fill or contribute to corrosion of raceways, cables, or other substructures."

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About the Author

Mike Holt

Mike Holt is the owner of Mike Holt Enterprises (www.MikeHolt.com), one of the largest electrical publishers in the United States. He earned a master's degree in the Business Administration Program (MBA) from the University of Miami. He earned his reputation as a National Electrical Code (NEC) expert by working his way up through the electrical trade. Formally a construction editor for two different trade publications, Mike started his career as an apprentice electrician and eventually became a master electrician, an electrical inspector, a contractor, and an educator. Mike has taught more than 1,000 classes on 30 different electrical-related subjects — ranging from alarm installations to exam preparation and voltage drop calculations. He continues to produce seminars, videos, books, and online training for the trade as well as contribute monthly Code content to EC&M magazine.

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