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Old 05-24-2009, 04:09 PM   #1
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I'm researching making changes to my breaker box and have come across pictures of boxes like this on the net; http://www.electrical-online.com/105_0582.JPG

It surprises me because I thought all wires entering/exiting the breaker box either had to be in conduit or concealed within the wall cavity.

Am I wrong?

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Old 05-24-2009, 04:16 PM   #2
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That's a beautiful wiring job! I only wish my panel was so neat.

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We can't expose cable in my area but NEC says you can.

Something about "subject to damage" which is very open to interpetation.
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Search article 334 of NEC for romex, NM cable. Exposed is legal under certain conditions.
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I may be off base on this but, it looks like a violation of the "Subject to Physical Damage" article. Those cables should be against the wall. Not out from the wall where the wife will find they make good hangers.

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