false sense of security


Old 06-19-02, 07:22 PM
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false sense of security

Does the NEC address the problem of false sense of security?

Such as, I guess, when white wire is hot but not marked as hot? Or maybe, when someone changes the cord on a dryer to fit a stove outlet when actually the circuit is wired for a dryer with #10 gauge wire?
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Although the NEC does not use that term, there are a number of codes that address a false sense of security. The requirement to reidentify a hot white wire that you cited is one. Another example is the one that prohibits attaching a grounding wire if the grounding wire is not connected to the panel. Another prohibits a simple replacement of a 2-hole receptacle 3-hole receptacle. There are many others -- the NEC thinks that when possible that things should be as they seem to be.
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