November 23, 2005 A PRIMEDIA Property Vol. III No. 22

Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3 Remote-Control, Signaling, and Power-Limited Circuits, Part VI. Listing Requirements
725.82 Listing and Marking of Class 2 and Class 3 Cables

Wishy-Washy Installation

What's Wrong Here?

Code Q&A

Code Quiz

NFPA World Safety Conference and Exposition

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    Top 2005 Code Changes
    Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3 Remote-Control, Signaling, and Power-Limited Circuits, Part VI. Listing Requirements
    725.82 Listing and Marking of Class 2 and Class 3 Cables

    By Mike Holt
    New subsections were added to recognize the use of raceways designed for Class 2 and Class 3 cables. (Note: Code text has been paraphrased.)

    What the Code says:
    (I) Plenum Signaling Raceways. Listed plenum raceways can be installed in other environmental air spaces in accordance with 725.61(A).
    (Text new to the Code is underlined.)

    Behind the change: Listed plenum signaling raceways must contain plenum-rated Class 2 or Class 3 cables when installed above a suspended ceiling or below a raised floor used for environmental air [725.61(A)].

    What the Code says:
    (J) Riser Signaling Raceway. Riser signaling raceways must be listed as preventing the carrying of fire from floor to floor.
    (K) General-Purpose Signaling Raceway. General-purpose signaling raceways must be listed to resist the spread of fire.
    (Text new to the Code is underlined.)

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    Nightmare Installations
    Wishy-Washy Installation
    After completing the wiring for a clothes dryer and plugging the cord into the receptacle, I placed one hand on the dryer and one on the washer to climb out from behind the unit. In doing so, I received a terrible shock. I pulled out my meter and measured 120V between appliances. I knew the washer was bonded to the copper water line so I double-checked my wiring. My work looked good. Additional measurements showed 120V receptacles measuring 120V (white wire) and 240V (black wire) to remote earth.

    Although it was a rainy night, I wanted to check the outdoor service entrance (SE) panel. A shock from the SE panel convinced me it could wait. Morning light revealed no ground rod at the SE panel. The triplex SE cable was terminated correctly on the pole-mounted transformer, and the transformer tank was bonded to the pole ground. However, there was no ground strap from the transformer neutral bushing to the tank.

    A lack of ground at either end of the SE triplex created a floating neutral. Also, one transformer secondary line bushing was cracked. I reasoned that during wet weather the cracked bushing would short to the transformer tank establishing a ground. The floating neutral went to 120V, and the other side went to 240V. Replacement of the transformer and installation of a ground rod solved the problem.

    Terry Johnson
    Iowa City, Iowa

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    Code Challenge
    What's Wrong Here?
    By Joe Tedesco
    Think you know how this installation violates the NEC? Visit EC&M's Web site to see the answer.

    Hint: This gives new meaning to the phrase "adjustable light fixture."

    Code Q&A
    By Mike Holt
    Q. Electricians in our area ground the metal conduit that runs up a utility pole to a local ground rod. Is this a Code-compliant installation?

    Visit EC&M's Web site to see the answer.

    Code Quiz
    By Steven Owen
    Q. What is the maximum number of multi-conductor cables (for control circuits only) permitted in an 18-inch-wide by 4-inch-deep ladder type cable tray? The outer diameter of each conductor is 0.5 inches, and there will be no equipment-grounding conductor installed within the cable tray. Does the number of allowed cables change if the cable tray has a solid bottom? If so, what is the new number?

    A) 144 / 144
    B) 183 / 146
    C) 184 / 147
    D) 366 / 366

    Visit EC&M's Web site for the answer and explanation.

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