Electric Water Heater wiring question

Yes sir…

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As do I, but was unsure what the requirement was for this cable usage. I knew it didn’t need to be in conduit, but didn’t know if the type and length was an issue or not.

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Kevin, in your area is that a requirement? The NEC does not automatically require conduit so in many instances it may be code compliant to use a cable.


That’s a self filling stand alone humidifier, best suited for damp basements.


Some areas yes and some no, so I just call them all out as a potential safety hazard.

Here’s one I saw 2 days ago, notice the permit sticker.

Then I found this in the garage, although the garage door spring, cable, and pulley didn’t contact the wires, and it may not be a code violation (Panel had a city inspection sticker as well), I still consider it a potential safety hazard.


A lot of the older homes here have galvanized pipe.

What are you saying? Some very old homes still have leads pipes. BTW, that water heater is not old at all.

I’d be more concerned about the evidence of a leak.

You seem to just be contrary to everything. I didn’t think my statement was that obtuse.

A lot of older homes in this area are plumbed with galvanized pipe.

And yes I’ve even found lead pipe in one home a few years ago.

I don’t believe I commented about the age of the water heater at all.

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Also, there is a ground connection under the mounting cover plate and you should be able to see an additional ground screw on top of the cover plate.

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