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What’s Wrong Here? Hint: Slip Sliding Away

Jan. 25, 2024
Think you know how this installation violates the NEC?

Hint: Slip sliding away

The cover for this outside receptacle outlet is broken and has slipped off one of its mounting screws leaving the receptacle unprotected from rain, snow, sleet, and any other elements Mother Nature can throw at it. Section 110.12(B) prohibits damaged parts that may adversely affect the safe operation of the equipment including parts that are broken, bent, cut, or deteriorated. This cover, and probably the GFCI receptacle too, should be replaced to bring this installation back to a Code-compliant and safe installation. Section 406.9(B)(1) requires the enclosure for this GFCI receptacle to be weatherproof with or without an attachment plug inserted. This may have complied with that requirement when it was originally installed, but this cover certainly does not provide a weatherproof enclosure now. This 15A, 125V GFCI-type duplex receptacle must be listed and identified as a weather-resistant (WR) type. As for the cord, I’m not sure it is suitable for use in the outdoor wet location. Using cord sets, flexible cords, flexible cables, or power supply cords as a substitute for fixed wiring of a structure is a violation of Sec. 400.12(1).

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.

Please visit www.russleblanc.net for more information.

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