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Old 01-11-2009, 07:08 AM
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Originally Posted by scotzz
bluesman2333................I appreciate your input regarding my set up. You say it is dangerous but please provide the engineering rationale for your reply. Quite honestly I dont see it.........wire size and breakers all match...........tell me why it is a problem.........other than what the code says.
It's more than the code. First, the code is the NEC, National Electrical Code, an ANSI standard. This is a document produced by the NFPA, National Fire Protection Association every three years. States and local municipalities adopt this and make it a statute. Local AHJ's, Authorities Having Jurisdiction, enforce the code and ensure compliance.

So, the code is a minimum standard written to minimize fire and death risk in structures and other occupancies, think of it as a minimum law you are required to build to.

Now, in the code, are three little gems concerning installations. One, all work shall be done in a workmanlike manner. Two, all components of an electrical installation shall be listed for the use by a NRTL or Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory. Examples of NRTL's are UL, CSA, or ETL. There are others. Three, you have best practices. Best Practices is subjective and subject to an inspectors interpretation. What you can get away with in podunk you might not get away with in Chicago or New York.

So, looking at that pigtail, it is listed as an appliance cord. It's intended use is only for use in conjunction with an appliance. It is not allowed for use as you have installed it because it is not listed for that use.

By your logic, you can take a piece of brake line, wrap it with cardboard and stuff it in a piece of pipe and use it in your circuit as a current carrying conductor. It works, right? No, it needs to done according to code. It is not "just" the code. It is part the National Life Safety Code.

Obviously this is the internet and you are far away. I've actually helped people before for free because like you, they did something dangerous and I had a real worry they were going to burn to death some night in a fire. Do what you like of course, but my whole purpose in writing any response in this thread was to educate you and try to get you to see why it is important to do things right, just like you would in your classic car.

I sense you are looking for third party justification for your installation, but the fact remains that you just plain did it wrong and it could have serious consequences.

@Old Fool, you are right, this thead did get highjacked some.
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