National Electrical Installation Standards

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    Friday, May 24, 2019


    In a vertical run of 80feet Where do you install a strain relief in the 1 1/2” met pipe run 

    Matt Banks
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    Thursday, May 23, 2019


    Re: CQD answer published Thursday, May 16, 2019 - Gas Range Receptacle Outlet

    1) Regarding the request to lower the receptacle for the gas range: Another reason that this may have been required is to make the receptacle accessible by removing the bottom drawer of the range thus allowing it to serve as the “disconnect” for the range. Don Haskin

    2) Is the receptacle at the base of a range behind a removable drawer required by 422.33(B)? Steven Bunker, PE


    Hey Don and Steven thanks for your comments. It is very possible the reason the gas range receptacle outlet was required to be lowered was so that it would be considered accessible. But notice that 422.33(B) only applies to electric ranges and allows a connection at the base to meet the intent of 422.33(A).

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