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Sun Jan 22 - Craft Room Heater

The code violation is: a covered junction box.

Further explanation: The small junction box that is being used to transition from 1/2 inch Extruded Metal Conduit (EMC) to 3/8 inch Flexible Metal Conduit (FMC) is inside a space that is normally enclosed.

I can replace the junction box with a transition fitting. But, the smallest transition fitting I have is for 1/2 inch EMC to 1/2 inch FMC.

I can think of four possible solutions:

1. Leave everything alone and press on.

2. Remove one of the sides of the wooden box.

3. Try to loop some 1/2 inch FMC inside the wooden box. If it fits then I can replace the junction box with a 1/2 to 1/2 transition fitting.

4. Purchase a 1/2 to 3/8 transition fitting and replace the junction box with a 1/2 to 3/8 transition fitting:

Lookit that jewel!
Further discussion on each possible solution:

PS 1: I want to fix the violation, not ignore it. It's how I roll.

PS 2: While removing a side of the wooden box “technically” removes the code violation it'd look crappy and the inside of the box would collect dust and tarantulas and stuff. I'd rather not do this.

PS 3: 1/2 inch FMC is overkill (really big) for this heater install. If I can loop some 1/2 inch FMC inside the wooden box I might consider this solution. I will not under any circumstances rebuild the wooden box.

PS 4: 1/2 to 3/8 transitions are quite rare in retail stores. I could drive around and try to find one. I found, like, six businesses in the QCA that may have some in stock but they may only sell to the trades, not John Q. Public.

Outlets
I'm going to try the possible solutions in this order: 4, 3, 2, 1.

Today is Sunday so I'll work on something else, Tomorrow I'll call a few commercial outlets and if they have some smaller transition fittings in stock and they sell to the public I'll buy a handful. If not, I'll work my way down the list.

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