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Old 10-31-2008, 01:26 PM   #1
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Hi;
I've seen the newer plastic NM cable connectors, but so far have been using the old metal ones with the two screws that you tighten to secure the cable.
I understand why the plastic ones were introduced, but I am very careful about how tight I make the metal ones.

My question is: Are the metal type NM connectors even legal (as in NEC or local code) anymore?

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Old 10-31-2008, 01:31 PM   #2
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They are legal and still very much in use.....but not by me.

NM is much more suited to plastic, non conductive boxes.

Putting metal around NM seems like a heating element waiting to happen. That's why I don't like staples.

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They are legal and still very much in use.....but not by me.

NM is much more suited to plastic, non conductive boxes.

Putting metal around NM seems like a heating element waiting to happen. That's why I don't like staples.
I have been using the plastic NM staples instead of the old metal ones.
I still like metal boxes, but I can see your point. Plastic would be a lot safer if the ground were to become disconnected. Not likely the way I wire them though.
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It's much easier to work on energized circuits in plastic boxes without that pesky ground path in the way.
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Heh, just don't bump that pesky bare ground wire.
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Old 11-01-2008, 11:42 AM   #6
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I have been using the plastic NM staples instead of the old metal ones.
I still like metal boxes, but I can see your point. Plastic would be a lot safer if the ground were to become disconnected. Not likely the way I wire them though.
I hate those pesky goblins that disconnect my grounds when I’m not looking…though it is Halloween time….

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