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Old 08-08-2019, 03:29 PM   #21
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I use gray for grounded current carrying conductor when I need to keep them straight. Multiple round houses or 2 AFCIs in one conduit.
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Old 08-08-2019, 09:19 PM   #22
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Thanks, Everyone, for the input...

If there is a chance that my two-pole switching device malfunctions – and opens only the “white” side – now the white wire is ungrounded, and HOT.

And a marrette could fall off a grounded conductor in your living room and give you the same scenario. But the intent of that white wire is still to be the grounded conductor.

Not to offend anybody but only a fool would trust his life to the color of the insulation on a wire. Your situation is no more dangerous that taking a split bolt of of some green or bare wires. They're all grounded, right? What's the worst that could happen.

So now we're on a 3 page discussion about what color that wire should be but I find the thing I want to know most is why that conductor is being switched in the first place. Just because there is an allowance for it, why would you?
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I'm on your side. But that doesn't mean anything to the person who will inspect our panel. I've been forced to change stickers because the font wasn't centered. I have been forced to change many things that are - seemingly - common sense or inconsequential. In the overall scheme of "standards" and requirements - this is, believe it or not, a fairly big deal.

A "small" thing would be, for instance, the words EMERGENCY STOP are no longer required around the button - on the yellow - please remove them. It's true.

Yeah, it's that kind of detail.

So what I think - and what all of us "Think" - is the right answer - there is only one correct way to follow the standards...but I cannot figure it out.

The idea that it's silly doesn't play a part.
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Why don't you ask the engineer that specified the switched neutral what color he would like it to be then?
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He doesn't know the answer either, Joe. It's not really an "engineering" question, it's a standards question and interpretation, which, at least with the NEC, is always a fun game! We are not always tasked with following the standards (sounds funny, I know, but we build things world wide, and standards vary - so the short answer is always, "Well, it depends...")
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