Where the wiring space of enclosures for switches or overcurrent devices contains conductors that are feeding through, spliced, or tapping off to other enclosures, switches, or overcurrent devices, all of the following conditions shall apply:
- The total area of all conductors installed at any cross section of the wiring space shall not exceed 40 percent of the cross-sectional area of that space.
- The total area of all conductors, splices, and taps installed at any cross section of the wiring space shall not exceed 75 percent of the cross-sectional area of that space.
- A warning label shall be applied to the enclosure that identifies the closest disconnecting means for any feedthrough conductors.
In damp or wet locations, cabinets and panelboards of the surface type shall be placed or equipped so as to prevent moisture or water from entering and accumulating within the cabinet, and shall be mounted to provide an air-space not less than 1/4 inch (6.4 mm) between the enclosure and the wall or other supporting surface. Cabinets installed in wet locations shall be weatherproof. For enclosures in wet locations, raceways and cables entering above the level of uninsulated live parts shall be installed with fittings listed for wet locations.
Where cables are used, each cable shall be secured to the cabinet, panelboard, cutout box, or meter socket enclosure.
- Each cable is fastened within 12 inches (305 mm), measured along the sheath, of the outer end of the raceway.
- The raceway extends directly above the enclosure and does not penetrate a structural ceiling.
- A fitting is provided on each end of the raceway to protect the cable(s) from abrasion and the fittings remain accessible after installation.
- The raceway is sealed or plugged at the outer end using approved means so as to prevent access to the enclosure through the raceway.
- The cable sheath is continuous through the raceway and extends into the enclosure beyond the fitting not less than 1/4 inch (6.4 mm).
- The raceway is fastened at its outer end and at other points in accordance with Section E3802.1.
- The allowable cable fill shall not exceed that permitted by Table E3907.8.A multiconductor cable having two or more conductors shall be treated as a single conductor for calculating the percentage of conduit fill area. For cables that have elliptical cross sections, the cross-sectional area calculation shall be based on the major diameter of the ellipse as a circle diameter.
PERCENT OF CROSS SECTION OF
CONDUIT AND TUBING FOR CONDUCTORS
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TUBING AREA FILLED BY CONDUCTORS