# The electrician mounted the disconnect switch for a central air-conditioning unit 8 ft (2.5 m) above the ground. This was easy to do because all he had to do was run the conduit across the ceiling joists in the basement, through the outside wall, and directly into the back of the disconnect switch. The electrical inspector turned the job down, citing NEC ______ that requires that the disconnecting operating handle must not be higher than ______ above the ground.

### EBK ELECTRICAL WIRING RESIDENTIAL

19th Edition
Simmons
Publisher: CENGAGE LEARNING - CONSIGNMENT
ISBN: 9781337516549

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### EBK ELECTRICAL WIRING RESIDENTIAL

19th Edition
Simmons
Publisher: CENGAGE LEARNING - CONSIGNMENT
ISBN: 9781337516549
Chapter 27, Problem 36R
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## The electrician mounted the disconnect switch for a central air-conditioning unit 8 ft (2.5 m) above the ground. This was easy to do because all he had to do was run the conduit across the ceiling joists in the basement, through the outside wall, and directly into the back of the disconnect switch. The electrical inspector turned the job down, citing NEC ______ that requires that the disconnecting operating handle must not be higher than ______ above the ground.

To determine

Fill the given blanks regarding the location of operating handle with respect to ground.

### Explanation of Solution

Discussion:

The National Electrical Code committee develops NEC – the standard electrical code and the main objective for the origin of the code is to protect and safeguard people and elements from electrical hazards.

According to NEC 404.8(A) in the textbook, all the switches, operating handles, and circuit breakers must be located in a readily accessible place. It tells that the highest position of the operating handle must not be greater than 6ft7in.(2

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