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    MC cable & grounding. Tail to the box & receptacles?

    12/2 MC cable in a 5" box.
    You take the green wire & secure it to the box with a green ground screw. Thus grounding the box.

    Do you also need to bring a tail to the ground screw of a duplex receptacle?

    If yes, why? If the box is grounded, then so is the receptacle through the 6/32 screws. Or alternately, if the receptacle is grounded, then the box is grounded through the 6/32's.

    I'm feeding a 5" box for quad receptacles plus 2 12/2 jumpers to other boxes. I end up with 6 grounds under a wire nut.

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    The 6-32 screws alone are not permitted to ground the receptacle. The device would need a bonding jumper or must be a self grounding receptacle. Also you cannot connect the EGC to the device and ground the metallic box through the device.
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    Quote Originally Posted by infinity View Post
    The 6-32 screws alone are not permitted to ground the receptacle. The device would need a bonding jumper or must be a self grounding receptacle. Also you cannot connect the EGC to the device and ground the metallic box through the device.
    If this is a metal box that has the EGC bonded to it, wouldn't a regular receptacle with the plastic washers removed and metal to metal ( yoke to box) be okay?
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    I meant self-grounding receptacles.

    That's always been good enough with Bx. The jacket of the Bx bonding the box & the 6/32's grounding the receptacle.
    So why not with MC cable?

    I know I'm conflating 'bonding' & 'grounding' but that's a whole other issue with it's own section of the forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jumper View Post
    If this is a metal box that has the EGC bonded to it, wouldn't a regular receptacle with the plastic washers removed and metal to metal ( yoke to box) be okay?

    Not for the box he's using.


    Quote Originally Posted by Sir String View Post
    I meant self-grounding receptacles.

    That's always been good enough with Bx. The jacket of the Bx bonding the box & the 6/32's grounding the receptacle.
    So why not with MC cable?

    I know I'm conflating 'bonding' & 'grounding' but that's a whole other issue with it's own section of the forum.

    If the receptacle is self grounding you can use it without a bonding jumper for either AC or MC to a grounded metal box. If it's not self grounding you need a bonding jumper for either of those wiring methods.
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    If you switched to MCap and self grounding receps, you wouldn't have to splice any grounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow View Post
    If you switched to MCap and self grounding receps, you wouldn't have to splice any grounds.
    Better get more wire...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir String View Post
    12/2 MC cable in a 5" box.
    You take the green wire & secure it to the box with a green ground screw. Thus grounding the box.

    Do you also need to bring a tail to the ground screw of a duplex receptacle?

    If yes, why? If the box is grounded, then so is the receptacle through the 6/32 screws. Or alternately, if the receptacle is grounded, then the box is grounded through the 6/32's.

    I'm feeding a 5" box for quad receptacles plus 2 12/2 jumpers to other boxes. I end up with 6 grounds under a wire nut.
    I'd go with406.3(C)
    The EGC contacts of a recept... shall be grounded by connection to the EGC of the circuit supplying the recept.

    The branch circuit wiring method shall include or provide an EGC to which the EGC contact(s) of the recept. are connected

    406.3 D,1 points to that too. But I don't know what you mean by 5" box. Is that a 4 and 11/16" ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jumper View Post
    If this is a metal box that has the EGC bonded to it, wouldn't a regular receptacle with the plastic washers removed and metal to metal ( yoke to box) be okay?
    Why is that the way you have been doing it. You need to use those receps with the brass clip and are considered self grounding. for this purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finite10 View Post
    ...But I don't know what you mean by 5" box. Is that a 4 and 11/16" ?
    Yes, of course.

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