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What's Wrong Here?

What's Wrong Here?

Hint: Is this a new type of splice box?


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. Joe Tedesco, who has a knack for finding shoddy electrical work, did the dirty work and found this mess. Now it's your turn to identify the violation.

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Sam Terranova of JLT Electrical Construction in Schaumburg, Ill., found this installation in the front lawn area of a commercial office building. He noted that the wires were spliced in this mini LB, and the cover was missing.


This installation violates the requirements of 314.16(C) of the 2005 NEC, which provides guidelines on the installation of conductors in conduit bodies. Parts (1) and (2) of this section read as follows:

”Conduit bodies enclosing 6 AWG conductors or smaller, other than short-radius conduit bodies as described in 314.5, shall have a cross-sectional area not less than twice the cross-sectional area of the largest conduit or tubing to which it is attached. The maximum number of conductors permitted shall be the maximum number permitted by Table 1 of Chapter 9 for the conduit or tubing to which it is attached.”

”Only those conduit bodies that are durably and legibly marked by the manufacturer with their volume shall be permitted to contain splices, taps, or devices. The maximum number of conductors shall be calculated in accordance with 314.16(B). Conduit bodies shall be supported in a rigid and secure manner.”

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