receptacle outlet on pole without weatherproofing

What's Wrong Here? Hint: A Not-So-Weatherproof Cover

Jan. 4, 2023
Can you spot the Code violation in this photo?

How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn’t identify? Here's your chance to moonlight as an electrical inspector and second-guess someone else's work from the safety of your living room or office. Can you identify the specific Code violation(s) in this photo? Note: Submitted comments must include specific references from the 2023 NEC. 

Hint: A not-so-weatherproof cover

Tell Them What They've Won…

Using the 2023 NEC, correctly identify the Code violation(s) in this month's photo — in 200 words or less — and you could win an Arlington Industries 18-in. Slider Bar and plastic box for mounting between studs with non-standard spacing. E-mail your response, including your name and mailing address, to [email protected], and Russ will select three winners (excluding manufacturers and prior winners) at random from the correct submissions. Note that submissions without an address will not be eligible to win.

November Winners

Unfortunately, we had no winners this month. Perhaps our readers were too busy with the holiday season to respond. In any case, here’s what is wrong with this installation.

Bonding the grounding electrode conductor (GEC) to the metal raceway protecting the GEC is a great idea and is required by Sec. 250.64(E)(1). However, Sec. 250.64(E)(3) requires the size of the bonding jumper used to make this bonding connection to be the same size as (or larger than) the GEC inside the raceway. The installers of these GECs inside the vertical raceways in the photo only got it half right. They did establish a bonding connection from the enclosed GEC to the end of each raceway enclosing each GEC, but the bonding jumper for each raceway is significantly smaller than the GEC inside each raceway. The top horizontal raceway does not appear to be bonded to the GEC inside the raceway.

About the Author

Russ LeBlanc | Owner

Russ started in the electrical trade as an apprentice in 1985. He worked his way up to become a Journeyman Electrician and then eventually became a Master Electrician and Licensed Construction Supervisor. In 1999 Russ become an Electrical Instructor for The Peterson School of Engineering in Massachusetts where he developed his passion for teaching, and quickly became Department Head of Electrical Instruction. Russ has taught thousands of apprentices, electricians, engineers, inspectors, and other electrical professionals during his career as an instructor. He continues to provide electrical professionals with Electrical Code seminars, Arc-Flash Awareness training seminars and educational material through his LeBlanc Consulting Services in North Reading, MA whose specialty is educating electricians. He has been an active member of the NFPA Electrical Section and has authored hundreds of National Electrical Code proposals and comments which have become Code rules to improve the safety for the electrical industry. Russ is also an IAEI certified Electrical Inspector.

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