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    Does Anybody Have A Picture Of A Cutout Box? Cutout Boxes Have Been In The Code For Many Code Cycles. The Definition Hasn't Changed From The 1937 Code (oldest That I Have) To The 2008 Nec., Other Than Changing (and Having Swinging Doors 1937 Code To That Has Swinging Doors 2008 Nec). I Think They Were Used With Knob And Tube Wiring To Install Over The Fuse Holders?

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    A cutout box is a disconnect.

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    By Definitions In Art 100 A Cutout Box Is Not A Disconnect. I Have Heard People Refer To A Disconnect As A Cutout.(slang Term)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEO
    By Definitions In Art 100 A Cutout Box Is Not A Disconnect. I Have Heard People Refer To A Disconnect As A Cutout.(slang Term)
    How is a disconnect not a cutout box by the NEC definition?

    Here is the NEC definition:

    "Cutout Box. An enclosure designed for surface mounting that has swinging doors or covers secured directly to and telescoping with the walls of the box proper."

    I would say that a disconnect enclosure would meet that definition.



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    I Don't Know If The Code Ment That A Cutout Box Was A Disconnect But Looking In Websters New World Dictionary, The Definition Of A Cutout Is A Switch Or Other Device For Breaking Or Closing An Electric Circuit. Thanks For Giving Me Another Perspective. I Was Under The Impression That A Cutout Box Had Sections Cut-out To Accept Conductors Or Fit Over And Protect Electrical Equipment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEO
    I Don't Know If The Code Ment That A Cutout Box Was A Disconnect But Looking In Websters New World Dictionary, The Definition Of A Cutout Is A Switch Or Other Device For Breaking Or Closing An Electric Circuit. Thanks For Giving Me Another Perspective. I Was Under The Impression That A Cutout Box Had Sections Cut-out To Accept Conductors Or Fit Over And Protect Electrical Equipment.
    Your very welcome. It is always good to get another perspective on a particular issue. Chock this one up to Charlie's rule.

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    I was under the impression a cutout box was an old service disconnecting means typically used in the city for underground services and located recessed in the brick down low on the front of the building.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SEO
    I Don't Know If The Code Ment That A Cutout Box Was A Disconnect But Looking In Websters New World Dictionary, The Definition Of A Cutout Is A Switch Or Other Device For Breaking Or Closing An Electric Circuit. Thanks For Giving Me Another Perspective. I Was Under The Impression That A Cutout Box Had Sections Cut-out To Accept Conductors Or Fit Over And Protect Electrical Equipment.

    Seo, is there any reason why your posts have all of the words capitalized? It makes it very hard to read. :-?
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    A cutout box is what we'd now call a hinged cover junction box. A box, originally designed to house fused cutouts. Take a look at the next hinged cover junction box you get, and the UL tag will normally say "listed cutout enclosure" .

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    I wonder if the OP means a cut-IN box, like an old-work box? Nah, that can't be it.

    Quote Originally Posted by infinity
    Seo, is there any reason why your posts have all of the words capitalized? It makes it very hard to read. :-?
    I think it has something to do with using a word program of some kind to type the post. I've been many new members whose posts are all-capped like that.

    The only thing that's harder for me to read than that is the occasional so-small-I-can-hardly-read-the-words posts with what looks like a 0.5 font size.
    Code references based on 2005 NEC
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