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    Wrapping 120Vac Electrical cords in Aluminum Foil to Deter Pets

    I was asked if I thought wrapping common 120Vac appliance/lamp cords used a home was an acceptable or too dangerous of a practice?
    This person read they could deter their animals from biting/playing with electrical cords by wrapping them in aluminum foil.

    My first thought was not a good idea at all from a safety standpoint. The most obvious to me would be a concern about any possible nicks in a wire being made even more greatly exposed creating an even larger hazard.

    I told them I thought it was a bad idea but they were frustrated and insisted they wanted to try it to see if it might work.
    I told them if they insisted to inspect the cords for any nicks and apply with the power off. Remove promptly if it did not work.

    Does this idea bother me more than it should?

    Any additional reasons I might cite?
    - Resistance is Futile ..... (if less than < 1 ohm) -

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    I have a cat that it just may give more enticement to play with the cord.

    Otherwise I see it as less of a hazard then using a cord in a wet location in general.

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    It would be about the same as Aluminum MC cable if you think about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roger View Post
    It would be about the same as Aluminum MC cable if you think about it.

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    True, except there is no path to ground from the foil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gadfly56 View Post
    True, except there is no path to ground from the foil.
    And given the fact that MC is not recognized as an EGC (see 250.118) means it may not always have a low impedance path the clear a fault either.

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    I would have no problem wrapping a cord in foil.
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    I prefer to use the spiral plastic wire bundle wrap. It is not as flexible as the cord itself, but good enough for most purposes.
    And IMHO it looks a lot better than foil.
    I would worry that people would think that I line my hat with it too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldDigger View Post
    I prefer to use the spiral plastic wire bundle wrap. It is not as flexible as the cord itself, but good enough for most purposes.
    And IMHO it looks a lot better than foil.
    I would worry that people would think that I line my hat with it too.

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    I had completely forgot about old appliance cords having that metal strain relief until I read your post.
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    I would use a spring like we use on barbecue flexible gas connections.
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    All responses based on the 2014 NEC unless otherwise noted

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    Coat the cord with hot pepper sause.

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