Code Quiz: Article 374
Based on the 2014 NEC
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After a series of Articles on various raceways, from Article 350 to Article 362, the NEC jumps to Article 366. Then the normal sequence of raceway Articles resumes, and here we are at Article 374, "Cellular Metal Floor Raceways."
First, note that (as with Article 372) this has nothing to do with cellular phones. These raceways are cellular in their construction; that is, they form "cells" through which wiring can pass.
This wiring method is widely used in a wide range of applications, from warehouses to commercial bank buildings to shopping centers. You won't find it in commercial garages, though.
This can be a very good way to go, but using this wiring method requires more planning at earlier stages than, say, strapping EMT onto cindeblock walls. Because it's metal, the cellular metal floor raceway gives you some of the characteristis of other metal raceway such as rigid conduit; most notably, the ability to act as a grounding conductor.
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