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    Default Is a bare neutral ok here?

    Service panel, 1989 home. Looks like metal conduit from meter can on the left. At the weatherhead, the neutral was insulated, so there's a splice at the meter?

    Is a bare neutral ok here?

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    Default Re: Is a bare neutral ok here?

    Quote Originally Posted by John Kogel View Post
    At the weatherhead, the neutral was insulated, so there's a splice at the meter?
    The neutral coming out the top of the weatherhead is typically insulated, it ties to the neutral/ground from the overhead service drop conductors, it then lands on the neutral/ground connection at the meter, grounding the meter can.

    From there, the neutral/ground can run to the service equipment as either bare or insulated, so ...
    Is a bare neutral ok here?
    Given the above scenario, yes, the neutral/ground is allowed to be bare to the service equipment.

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    Default Re: Is a bare neutral ok here?

    Thanks, Jerry. I have another question coming shortly.

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    Default Re: Is a bare neutral ok here?

    Regarding the bare/insulated splice: service conductors can be spliced w/certain conditions but not within a raceway w/o an accessible cover.

    Funny how code allows the grounded/neutral conductor to be run thru a metallic raceway without bonding both ends, yet the GEC cannot.
    Under a major fault, that grounded conductor would carry many more amps than say, a GEC to a few earthing rods. Just a rambling thought.
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