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250.146 Connecting Receptacle Grounding Terminal to Box

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    250.146 Connecting Receptacle Grounding Terminal to Box

    By Mike Holt
    Receptacles must have their grounding contacts connected to an effective ground-fault current path by bonding the receptacle's grounding terminal to a metal box, unless the receptacle's grounding terminal is grounded (bonded) to an effective ground-fault current path by one of the methods provided in (A) through (D). See 406.3 for additional details.

    The NEC doesn't restrict the position of the receptacle grounding terminal; it can be up, down, or sideways. All proposals to specify the mounting position of receptacles have been rejected.

    (A) Surface-Mounted Box. Where the box is mounted on the surface, direct metal-to-metal contact between the device yoke and the box can serve as the effective ground-fault current path. To ensure an effective ground-fault current path between the receptacle and metal box, at least one of the insulating retaining washers on the yoke screw must be removed.

    Receptacles secured to a metal cover [406.4(C)] must have the receptacle's grounding terminal bonded to the box, unless the box and cover are listed as providing continuity between the box and the receptacle.

    (B) Self-Grounding Receptacles. Receptacle yokes designed and listed as self-grounding can be used to establish the effective ground-fault current path between the device yoke and a metal outlet box. Note: Outlet boxes cannot be set back more than 1/4-inch from the finished mounting surface [314.20].

    (C) Floor Boxes. Listed floor boxes are permitted to establish the bonding path between the device yoke and a grounded (bonded) outlet box.

    (D) Isolated Ground Receptacles. Isolated ground receptacles have the grounding terminal insulated from its metal mounting yoke. Therefore, the grounding terminal of an isolated ground receptacle must be connected to an equipment grounding (bonding) conductor that provides the effective ground-fault current path to the power source.

    Isolated ground receptacles must be identified by an orange triangle located on the face of the receptacle [406.2(D)]. Sometimes the entire receptacle is orange, with the triangle molded into the plastic face in a color other than orange.

    Editor's note: This information was extracted from Mike Holt's textbook, Understanding the National Electrical Code

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    Q. When installing a high-impedance grounded neutral system for a 480V, 3-phase electrical system, the following question arises. Where is the proper location for the grounding impedance (resistor)?

    1. Between the equipment bonding jumper and the system neutral.
    2. Between the main bonding jumper and the system neutral.
    3. Between the transformer secondary and the first disconnecting means.
    4. Between the grounding electrode conductor and the system neutral.

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