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Return of Code Clusters: No Room for Growth


Code Clusters is a fond look back at some of the most interesting and outlandish Code violations published in the pages of EC&M magazine over the past 15 years — the item below is the second in a series of 10. Questions? Comments? We'd love to hear your feedback! Post your thoughts in the box below.


NEC Violations Illustrated - Small Tree

No Room for Growth

All references are based on the 2008 edition of the NEC.

When I took this photo, my first thought was: What happens when the tree grows taller? My second thought: What happens when the zip tie breaks? The inspector could develop a list of code violations that would run off of this page!

These receptacles are fed by an underground liquidtight flexible metal conduit (LFMC), which exits the ground and continues right up the tree to the weather-resistant box. The receptacles are used to provide power for holiday lighting. This installation violates the requirements of 300.5(D)(4), which states, “Where the enclosure or raceway is subject to physical damage, the conductors shall be installed in rigid metal conduit, intermediate metal conduit, Schedule 80 PVC conduit, or equivalent.”

See next violation: Someone Needs to Find the Source of This Water Leak

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