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Old 12-22-11, 09:27 AM
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Armored Cable

What is the accepted method of stripping the armor from the end of armored cable before connecting to the box?
 
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Old 12-22-11, 10:45 AM
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Any way that you can provided you do not damage the insulation on the contained conductors. You do, however, need to use the proper connectors on the end of the armor and some connectors require the use of plastic anti-short bushings.
 
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Old 12-22-11, 12:51 PM
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Bushings

Thanks, guys, for your help.

The bushings I have do not completely encircle the wire bundle. Should I use two bushings with the gaps positioned 180 degrees apart?

The cable is 12/2 with green ground.
 
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Old 12-22-11, 12:56 PM
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You should get the right size bushings, their cheap.
 
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Bushings

The store where I shop does not have a size selection. Will try another store. Thanks again.
 
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Old 12-22-11, 02:51 PM
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I've been taught to fold the cable over itself. THe jacket will simply uncoil, and when it starts to uncoil you cut it with your diaganal cutters.

You're not required to use anti-short bushings with type MC cable given you use the proper Strain relief connectors.
 
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I highly recommend this: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

It will make it very easy, and is well worth the money.
 
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Old 12-22-11, 07:18 PM
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I agree with drooplug. If your time and doing a good job is worth anything to you, you'll spend the few dollars and use the proper tool for the job.
 
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Old 12-22-11, 07:21 PM
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I also agree with Justin, MC cable does not require the use of anti-short bushings if the proper connectors are used. That being said, anti-short bushings are usually supplied with each roll of MC cable if you purchase it by the roll. Most electricians use the bushings even though they aren't required.
 
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Old 12-22-11, 07:31 PM
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Just a note, although the OP is using MC cable and no anti-short or redheads are required, they are required for use with type AC cables.

As others have said, there is no harm to using them where not required. To OP, I would not worry that the redhead does not completely encircle the conductors.
 
 

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