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    Reidentification of the grounded conductor of a cable assembly?

    Can the grounded conductor of a cable assembly be reidentified as a grounded conductor?

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    I assume you mean "Can a grounded conductor be re-identified as an ungrounded conductor and the answer is yes if it is part of a cable assembly
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    So did you come across a water heater cable that had the white conductor taped? Perfectly compliant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Electron plumber View Post
    Can the grounded conductor of a cable assembly be reidentified as a grounded conductor?
    As said above reidentifying a grounded (neutral- white) conductor into an ungrounded conductor is perfectly legal per the NEC-

    If you can get to a code book, (or maybe someone will post the passage in its entirety) its listed under 200.7(C)(1) in the 2014.

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    Quote Originally Posted by user 100 View Post
    As said above reidentifying a grounded (neutral- white) conductor into an ungrounded conductor is perfectly legal per the NEC-

    If you can get to a code book, (or maybe someone will post the passage in its entirety) its listed under 200.7(C)(1) in the 2014.
    Here ya go:

    200.7 Use of Insulation of a White or Gray Color or
    with Three Continuous White or Gray Stripes.

    (A) General. The following shall be used only for the
    grounded circuit conductor, unless otherwise permitted in
    200.7(B) and (C):
    (1) A conductor with continuous white or gray covering
    (2) A conductor with three continuous white or gray stripes
    on other than green insulation
    (3) A marking of white or gray color at the termination

    (B) Circuits of Less Than 50 Volts. A conductor with
    white or gray color insulation or three continuous white
    stripes or having a marking of white or gray at the termination
    for circuits of less than 50 volts shall be required to
    be grounded only as required by 250.20(A).

    (C) Circuits of 50 Volts or More. The use of insulation
    that is white or gray or that has three continuous white or
    gray stripes for other than a grounded conductor for circuits
    of 50 volts or more shall be permitted only as in (1) and (2).

    (1) If part of a cable assembly that has the insulation permanently
    reidentified to indicate its use as an ungrounded
    conductor by marking tape, painting, or other
    effective means at its termination and at each location
    where the conductor is visible and accessible. Identification
    shall encircle the insulation and shall be a color
    other than white, gray, or green. If used for single-pole,
    3-way or 4-way switch loops, the reidentified conductor
    with white or gray insulation or three continuous
    white or gray stripes shall be used only for the supply
    to the switch, but not as a return conductor from the
    switch to the outlet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Alwon View Post
    So did you come across a water heater cable that had the white conductor taped? Perfectly compliant.
    I once had an inspector get out his marker and start coloring the white in a disconnect to a water heater, I then told him the water heater was a 120 volt unit.... He never really said anything and moved on.

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    What is the proposal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tom baker View Post
    What is the proposal?
    Thanks - I'm shutting this down. The OP doesn't conform to this forum rules
    Last edited by rbalex; 07-28-17 at 11:35 PM.
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    Answers based on 2014 NEC unless otherwise noted.

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