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NEC Quiz: Article 394

by Mark Lamendola

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Code Quiz: Article 394

Based on the 2014 NEC

Questions and answers written by Mark Lamendola, who has worked as a master electrician, electrical inspector, and design engineer. Mark is an IEEE Senior Member, and the Code article author for Since 1996, he has been writing National Electrical Code articles for electrical trade magazines and has an extensive portfolio of hundreds of NEC articles.

After Article 392, Chapter 3 winds down with a series of "oddball" Articles. The first of those is Article 393, then we come to Article 394. This Article addresses a once common wiring method that today's electrician rarely encounters unless rehabbing old houses. Generally, it's best to rip out this wiring method and replace it with nonmetallic sheathed cable. However, there may be circumstances where doing so is not the best option. If you must work with this outdated wiring method, follow the requirements of Article 394.

  1. Article 394 is a Chapter 3 article addressing a specific wiring method. Which wiring method does it address, and what are its defining characteristics?

  2. Name three permitted uses for this wiring method.

  3. Name the prohibited uses for this wiring method.

  4. What type hardware is permitted for supporting this wiring method?

  5. What restriction is there on using couplings and connectors with this wiring method?

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