Green ground bus bar or green inset screws?


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Old 07-11-14, 06:08 AM
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Green ground bus bar or green inset screws?

Is there a US code requirement (NEC) that requires the ground bus bar in a panel to be green, or use green screws? Or specifically a local CT requirement? No speculation please just the facts. Need to know for sure.
 
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I never see green screws in a panel & that's a fact.
 
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Old 07-11-14, 07:04 AM
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I have never see a green ground bar. The fact it is not mounted on insulators is a way of identifying it isn't a ground bar. Why do you ask.
 

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Old 07-11-14, 01:19 PM
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There is nothing in the NEC.
 
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I had an electrician tell me (providing an estimate), that my grounding buss bar in my sub would have to go since it was not green. I'm not an electrician, but I had never heard of such a thing, and after checking with a local electrical supply house and city inspector, they hadn't either. I know that device grounding screws are green, but buss bar? Not sure why the electrician would mention something so bizarre. Needless to say, I thought his estimate was way too high for the work I was asking him to do, and believe now he was trying to blow smoke up my you-know-what. Odd.
 
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Old 07-11-14, 05:33 PM
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I think I'd get an estimate from another contractor. To the best of my knowledge, no manufacturer makes a green ground bar.
 
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Old 07-11-14, 06:15 PM
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Eaton makes them and I have seen them around. They are still not required under the NEC. It might be a local code. To find out, give the local AHJ a call.

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Eaton makes them and I have seen them around.
In your picture I see green ground screws, but not a green ground bar.
 
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Aha! The ground bar with green screws liveth! So there is one. That's what he was referring to. I see how that easily would identify a ground bar, but is it really necessary? I'll be sure and double check with my electrical inspector on Monday. I'd be surprised if it was local code, since I did have my electrical wiring signed off a couple of months ago and no mention was ever made of a ground bar with green screws by my inspector.
 
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Old 07-11-14, 08:21 PM
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In your picture I see green ground screws, but not a green ground bar.
I have not seen a green bar, just the ones with the green screws.
 
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What? Krylon doesn't have decorator colors for ground bars.
 
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Old 07-12-14, 10:06 AM
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Greenlee might, but it is likely $25 a can.
 
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Old 07-13-14, 06:14 AM
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I have not seen a green bar, just the ones with the green screws.
With that I will agree 100%.
 
 

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