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Old 01-20-2015, 10:35 AM   #1
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Default Special fittings for HCF MC Cable?

Do I need special fittings for Health Care Facility (HCF) MC Cable?

There are 2 ground wires in 12/2 HCF MC Cable: A 12AWG and a much thinner one. Do I connect the thin ground wire to the rest of the grounds in the outlet box?

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Old 01-20-2015, 10:37 AM   #2
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The manufacturer of the cable should list the approved connectors.

AFAIK, the bonding strip can just be cut off flush with the end of the cable.

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1) If you have a "thin bond wire" within your armored cable, you are dealing with AC cable, not MC. The only MC with a LARGE, bare, aluminum conductor is MCI-A (aka - Southwire MCAP or AFC MC-STAT)

2) All HCF cable needs to be terminated with fittings specifically listed for use with said cable.

3) The thin bonding strip can either be wound around the outside of the armor and clamped in the fitting, OR it can be cut flush with the armor. It is not designed to be terminated under a separate bonding screw. If you have a push on fitting, the strip should be cut flush with the armor so that it doesn't interfere with the grip fingers of the fitting.

4) Don't forget to install the redhead insulators in the end of the armor before terminating the AC cable onto a fitting.
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