Can I use sheet metal screws to put a panel cover on?

Can I use sheet metal screws to put a panel cover on?

  • Only the manufactures supplied hardware?

    Votes: 78 40.8%
  • Any short machine screw that fits?

    Votes: 88 46.1%
  • Sheet-metal screws?

    Votes: 9 4.7%
  • Tek-Screws?

    Votes: 5 2.6%
  • Nail it on with Ramset?

    Votes: 9 4.7%
  • Why would I put the cover on?

    Votes: 14 7.3%

  • Total voters
    191
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roger

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Fl
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Electrician
I'd say it is fine as long as you use one machine screw for bonding purposes. ;)

Roger
 

Buck Parrish

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Location
NC & IN
Only a screw listed for the purpose. They can be purchased seperatley.

However, it has been widely excepted to use a machine screw with the sharp tip cut off by your side cutters.
 

TOOL_5150

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bay area, ca
Often the factory screws are missing on the deadfront, Usually on resi panels, green grounding screws fit nicely. I have a ton of the factory squareD panel cover screws, so If I feel like going to the truck, I use them.

Isnt the code silent on this issue???

~Matt
 

480sparky

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Location
Iowegia
I've actually never read the instructions on installing the cover. Does it actually state "Use the manufacturer-supplied, listed fasenting devices to secure the cover"?
 

iwire

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Location
Massachusetts
What I don't see in the poll is the option of "I can use anything I want. It's a matter of what I should use." choice.

You do not see it because that is not what I wanted to know. :)

My question is what screws are we allowed to use by the NEC, not what screws does 480 feel we should use.
 
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