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Never did this particular one in 37 yrs of electrical work, ... till yesterday...

I had to run some liquid tite metal flex from inside a building attic to outside the building soffit for a light fixture and discovered I had only one straight 1/2'' flex connector , and no 90's in my van. Used the one straight connector outside at the light where it was visible, and used a 1/2'' jake on the other end of the flex......... It works... but my shame is deep..... oh the hackery of it all...........
 

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Never did this particular one in 37 yrs of electrical work, ... till yesterday...

I had to run some liquid tite metal flex from inside a building attic to outside the building soffit for a light fixture and discovered I had only one straight 1/2'' flex connector , and no 90's in my van. Used the one straight connector outside at the light where it was visible, and used a 1/2'' jake on the other end of the flex......... It works... but my shame is deep..... oh the hackery of it all...........
It may come back to haunt you!
 

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Excuse my ignorance, but what is a "jake"?
 

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I was a rebel in apprenticeship school
Grew my hair long and broke all the rules
At work I'd 'dis all my J-men all day
With big ambitions of when I could play
My mentors taught me contactors were louts
So I grew up the type they warned me about
They said all my help were just a unruly mob
And I should quit contractin' and get a real job
:whistling2: :laughing:

Quit contractin' and get a real job
Clean your act up and dont be a slob
Get it together like your big brother Bob
Why dont you give up contractin' and get a real job

:no: :jester:

~C(w/apologies to G Thorogood)S~
 

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The type of flex connector that screws into flexible metal conduit, not the type that grips the outside of the conduit.

I never heard those called Jakes before. When I saw Jake I thought you were talking about a Jake l.
 

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Never did this particular one in 37 yrs of electrical work, ... till yesterday...

I had to run some liquid tite metal flex from inside a building attic to outside the building soffit for a light fixture and discovered I had only one straight 1/2'' flex connector , and no 90's in my van. Used the one straight connector outside at the light where it was visible, and used a 1/2'' jake on the other end of the flex......... It works... but my shame is deep..... oh the hackery of it all...........
Must have been the helper that used up all your connecters without telling you that you are out of them...:whistling2:











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At least you used a connector on the inside. If concealed in attic it would have ended up without one with me. The NM, YES NM, would have floated right into the carflex.
 

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Meh.....I certainly wouldn't use any sleep over it. The jake connector will probably outlast us up there in the attic.
 

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Meh.....I certainly wouldn't use any sleep over it. The jake connector will probably outlast us up there in the attic.
If he attached it to a grounded metal box I don't see anything wrong with it. Yea, I know it's not listed for that use, but the plastic ones that work the same way are only different in that they are plastic (and listed of course, :) ).
 

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My thoughts exactly hardworking dude. The listing be damned......if it works and isn't an immediate fire hazard then.......
 

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Must have been the helper that used up all your connecters without telling you that you are out of them...:whistling2:


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Yes , I keep them in a square tupperware box, semi transparent box, I thought I was loaded up, haven't looked in there to check in a while. It wasn't empty, it had a slew of half parts of various sized lfmc connectors, but no complete ones and no assembling parts that could be put together into a compete unit, so... By the way the jake made a good metal to metal connection, this probably would pass a ul bonding test doing what I did, but would not provide a ''liquid tight'' connection. The attic was pretty dry.
 
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As long as you wrapped it up with copious amounts of black tape, you're okay. Black tape is listed for everything, isn't it?
 

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So you used a screw in flex connector instead of a listed fitting. I would bet there is a pretty good connection there and if you ran an equipment grounding conductor I don't think you'll go to hell.
 
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So you used a screw in flex connector instead of a listed fitting. I would bet there is a pretty good connection there and if you ran an equipment grounding conductor I don't think you'll go to hell.
Thank you Lord Dennis, I'm good to go then.....:thumbsup:
 

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The part that stunned me was it had never even occurred to me to try this out before now. Many times I have shot over to an Ace Hardware and paid $6.59 for a $1 part just because it was the proper fitting. I was in a big rush yesterday, no time for that.
 

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So you used a screw in flex connector instead of a listed fitting. I would bet there is a pretty good connection there and if you ran an equipment grounding conductor I don't think you'll go to hell.
Mac wouldn't last long in hell anyway. Within twenty minutes they would send him back for a refund...
 

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I'm not going to feel right until I get a pass from Mcclary.........:laughing:
 
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Well I ain't McClary but even I would say what you did is no big deal. I have done similar in the past and never worried about it. As long as it's mechanically secure it's good to go IMHO.
 
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