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Does this Meet Code 7

Do We Really Need an Electrical Code?

So the former building owner needed some additional electrical work.  They utilized a “relocated power tap” and truly just made it a “power tap.”

The UL listed device is wired into an outlet and through the wall and mounted on the other side as seen below:

power strip through wall

This picture does not need much of an introduction, so Does this Meet Code?

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  • Nick Markowitz Jr. May 31, 2009, 10:09 pm

    No it does not could cite several codes it fails to follow including wiring meant for temporary wiring being used permanently lack of proper bushing or connector and suport etc. A situation I see all the time just busted a a big alarm integration company from Pittsburgh other day for installing a fire alarm dialer and using an extension cord in the wall.

    NEC yes we need it as some one who does Fire Investigation well over 90% of all fires I encounter where electricity was involved it was because the wiring was improperly installed. Very rarely is electric ever involved when it is properly installed by a qualified or licensed electrician.
    Unfortunately you have many states like mine in Pa. where a license is only required in major city like Pittsburgh and Philly once your outside the city limits any one can do it and you need only call a 3rd party inspector which everyone does (right)

  • Al Putnam June 2, 2009, 6:35 am

    #1 it violates the listing by modification, the unit is no longer UL listed.
    #2 unprotectected
    #3 no clamp on the box
    #4 it is additional work, not a repair, requires permit
    shall we go on?

  • Archie Koenemund June 2, 2009, 10:16 am

    Yes, an Electrical Code is required. Here in NM, even in the municipalities where there are inspectors, you can find almost any “unhealthy” wiring combination (even in new construction). Back in NYC, we used to find the cockloft space turned into living quarters with jury rigged wiring for lights, television and even space heaters. Additionally, we need INTEGRITY of the inspectors!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very lacking in most parts of NM and NYC.

  • Mike Lewis June 5, 2009, 7:34 am

    NO. 2008 ed. of NEC in 400.8 is quite explicit of what is and is not allowed using flexible cords and cables.

  • Tim Potter September 21, 2009, 1:33 pm

    NFPA 70
    400.8 Uses Not Permitted. Unless specifically permitted in 400.7, flexible cords and cables shall not be used for the following:
    (1) As a substitute for the fixed wiring of a structure
    (2) Where run through holes in walls, structural ceilings, suspended ceilings, dropped ceilings, or floors
    (3) Where run through doorways, windows, or similar openings
    (4) Where attached to building surfaces

    Exception to (4): Flexible cord and cable shall be permitted to be attached to building surfaces in accordance with the provisions of 368.56(B)
    (5) Where concealed by walls, floors, or ceilings or located above suspended or dropped ceilings
    (6) Where installed in raceways, except as otherwise permitted in this Code
    (7) Where subject to physical damage

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