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    Friday, January 17, 2020


    Gentlemen, I’m hoping you can help with an opinion.

    As you seem to understand how to apply the NEC rules from a practical viewpoint. Section 230.72 indicates the two to six service disconnects permitted in Section 230.71 must be grouped. There is no maximum distance on between the two to six disconnects, so how far is too far before the installation would not meet the grouping requirement. Could signage be installed to assist in meeting the grouping requirement? Any opinions would be very appreciated.

    Mark Taylor 

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    Thursday, January 16, 2020


    Can electrical metallic tubing (EMT) be installed to supply a fire pump. The installation would be from the load side of the fire pump controller overhead on a ceiling of the fire pump room and then a vertical drop of the ceiling to the motor. There would be a transition from EMT to liquid-tight flexible metal conduit within 2 feet of the motor terminal housing. Job specifications are calling for rigid metal conduit.

    Thanks for any Code view on this,

    Mike Long



    Hi Mike,

    The short answer is yes. Section 695.6(D) includes EMT as a wiring method recognized for use between the fire pump controller and the motor(s). That said, remember the Code is the minimum, meaning one must do at least that much. A job specification or engineering design may be more restrictive than the NEC requirements. Probably best to check with the local electrical inspector (AHJ), engineer or designer, and possibly the owner. 

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