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Old 11-22-2009, 09:02 PM   #1
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Protecting wires running into a panel


I'm getting ready to install a sub panel in the basement. Planning on installing the panel on a 4x4 piece of plywood so I've got room to manage the wires going into the panel nicely.

Just wondering if I need to do something to cover or protect the wires attached to that board as they're running into the panel?

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Old 11-22-2009, 09:19 PM   #2
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I've never covered or protected the wires going into the panel
If going in the side I try to keep them within 8" of the panel
I try to have most of mine go in thru the top - out of the way



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I've never covered or protected the wires going into the panel
If going in the side I try to keep them within 8" of the panel
I try to have most of mine go in thru the top - out of the way
But for some receptacle circuits it would be more convenient to enter the panel through the knockouts in the bottom. Also, to the OP. There may not be a specific rule (in the NEC) about covering the wires, (because the sheathing is good enough protection against injury. But there certainly is a regulation about how close to the panel the fastener has to be applied (whether it is cable or pipe.) The devil is in the details (So the saying goes)!
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Just make sure you use the fasteners so the cable is tight when it enters the panel and not dangling around in the hole.
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Old 11-22-2009, 10:08 PM   #5
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But not too tight



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