Securing SC?

This must be a new way of securing SEC. What is the proper term used?

Service cables shall be supported by straps or other approved means within 300 mm (12 in.) of every service head, gooseneck, or connection to a raceway or enclosure and at intervals not exceeding 750 mm (30 in.).

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How about some conduit?

**230.50 Protection of Open Conductors and Cables
Against Damage — Above Ground. **Service-entrance
conductors installed above ground shall be protected
against physical damage as specified in 230.50(A) or (B).

**[FONT=Times-Bold]size=2 Service Cables. **Service cables, where subject to physical
damage, shall be protected by any of the following:

(1) Rigid metal conduit
(2) Intermediate metal conduit
(3) Schedule 80 rigid nonmetallic conduit
(4) Electrical metallic tubing
(5) Other approved means


SEC for residential should be protected? I have not seen this in this area. Is that only in certain areas of the country?


I live in the St. Louis, MO area; Illinois side.

Most of the homes I see on the Illinois side with overhead service are set up with:

(1) Rigid metal conduit
(2) Intermediate metal conduit

You cross the river into Missouri, and some towns don’t require conduit at all for SEC’s.

Depends on the local enforcment, if they see: “… where subject to physical damage …” as being present.

This usually means when the Type SE is loaated in a driveway, or near an area where it can be subjected to physical damage.