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Code Question Of The Day

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Wednesday's Question:


I'll admit it - I have come to a dead-end in my Code hunt on the subject of "fixture wires." What ARE "fixture wires" - what loads may they supply? The Informational Note of 402.2 makes it clear that their use is not limited to luminaires.  But if they are not intended only as connections to luminaires, what is their definition of use? Is it intended that they feed a single piece of utilization equipment - such as one luminaire, or one garbage disposal, or one small water circulation pump, etc ? Am I just not finding the answer, or is this something that everyone "knows" the answer to?  I have to admit that having been Chair of the CMP responsible for Article 402 Fixture Wires for three cycles did not help.

Thanks for all your excellent help. Scott Cline



Tuesday's code question and answer:
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Charlie can I use the telephone bonding block for connecting my gas pipe bonding wire?

Thank You Conrad




Hey Conrad thanks for your question.

No. A change to the definition of Intersystem Bonding Termination makes it clear that this is only intended for bonding communication systems.



Section: Article 100, Intersystem Bonding Termination

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