Defining a tap conductor

Code Q&A: Defining a Tap Conductor

Q. What is the Code definition of a “tap conductor”?


See the answer below.








This answer is based on the 2017 NEC.

A. The NEC defines a tap conductor as a conductor, other than a service conductor, that has overcurrent protection rated more than the ampacity of a conductor. See Sec. 240.21(A) and Sec. 240.21(B) for details [240.2], as shown in the Figure.


Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.