My brother-in-law, visiting from Ontario, told me that code there
requires the wires to enter the outlet box from below or to have a drip
loop so that water cannot run down the outside of the wiring into the box.
Is there any good reason not to do this even if local code (I'm in W.
Michigan) does not require it?
i am in ontario. i have wired and gotten inspected several
add-ons. i've never heard of this. you can enter a box
anyway you like. if you want to enter via the bottom,
go ahead. nothing wrong with that.
Water could run along the wiring because of a plumbing leak.
Could it be a local code? He lives in Woodstock.
On 09/06/04 11:21 am Rich put fingers to keyboard and launched the
following message into cyberspace:
As others have said, there's no good reason TO do it when the
thing is inside of a wall and not exposed to weather. Oh sure,
there's always the chance you'll get a roof leak and some water
coming down through that wall cavity, but that's a pretty
remote possibility and it's nonsensical to try and "prepare"
OTOH, if the situation DOES get rained on routinely, it's
safe and wise to do so. I mounted an outdoor round box for
a security light, and the wiring was a piece of armored
cable poking through a hole in the vinyl siding. I didn't
just want it stabbing into the back of the box, so I
arranged it so that it dipped down and then entered the box
from a 45 degreee angle, upwards. I have a drip loop, there
is no way water is running down that cable into my box.
So if you meet me, have some courtesy,
have some sympathy, and some taste.
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