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    AC cable in California

    Hello All,

    Can anybody fill me in on the code in California regarding AC cable? I received a complaint from a customer that stated AC cable wasn't allowed in California, only MC cable was permitted. On top of that, he said that MC cable fittings must be rated for ONLY MC cable and they must have 2 screws to secure the MC. Does any of this sound familiar? It seems a bit odd to me.

    Thank you all very much.

    #2
    May be a local thing as it's not a state ammendment. As for the connectors, yes they do need to be listed for use with MC cable.
    I can build anything you want if you draw a picture of it on the back of a big enough check.

    There's no substitute for hard work....but that doesn't mean I'm going to give up trying to find one.

    John Childress
    Electrical Inspector
    IAEI / CEI / C10
    Certified Electrical Inspector

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      #3
      Originally posted by cowboyjwc View Post
      May be a local thing as it's not a state ammendment. As for the connectors, yes they do need to be listed for use with MC cable.
      However, as long as the listing includes MC it should not matter what else it may be listed for. I have heard of the two screw requirement before but do not remember the context.

      (The difference between being listed specifically for MC and being listed exclusively for MC.)

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        #4
        Originally posted by SigmaElec View Post
        Hello All,

        Can anybody fill me in on the code in California regarding AC cable? I received a complaint from a customer that stated AC cable wasn't allowed in California, only MC cable was permitted. On top of that, he said that MC cable fittings must be rated for ONLY MC cable and they must have 2 screws to secure the MC. Does any of this sound familiar? It seems a bit odd to me.

        Thank you all very much.
        I do not think that there would be a good case for an ammendment either. A city, town or county would have to have findings of either, Climatic, geological, or topographical conditions.
        I would doubt that there would be a convincing argument to not use AC cable with approved connections unless you are on the beach.

        What city is this. I wonder if they even filed a ammendment.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Sierrasparky View Post
          I do not think that there would be a good case for an ammendment either. A city, town or county would have to have findings of either, Climatic, geological, or topographical conditions. ...
          Around here, the city does not need a real reason to make a code change...just pass a rule.
          Don, Illinois
          (All code citations are 2017 unless otherwise noted)

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            #6
            Originally posted by don_resqcapt19 View Post
            Around here, the city does not need a real reason to make a code change...just pass a rule.
            And probably same just about anywhere else. If there is enough opposition to something, then the rules get challenged otherwise they just have their way with the rule making process.
            I live for today, I'm just a day behind.

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              #7
              The California Building Code does state that local amendments are not permitted unless needed per the reasons Sierra posted. The amendment must be filed with the state. Unfortunately may jurisdictions choose to ignore California Law and make up their own code.
              Curt Swartz
              Electrical Contractor

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                #8
                Originally posted by curt swartz View Post
                The California Building Code does state that local amendments are not permitted unless needed per the reasons Sierra posted. The amendment must be filed with the state. Unfortunately may jurisdictions choose to ignore California Law and make up their own code.
                Ain't that the truth.

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