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Found where the service conductors were spliced between the main panel and the meter. I thought that the conductors were not allowed to be spliced, or at the least the splices need to be in an approved junction box. I'm looking for confirmation I am correct on this, but if I'm not, then why is this correct? I couldn't get under the painted over tape to see what kind of clamps were used.

TIA, Charlie

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230.46 Spliced Conductors. Service-entrance conductors

shall be permitted to be spliced or tapped in accordance

with 110.14, 300.5(E), 300.13, and 300.15.

110.14

(B) Splices. Conductors shall be spliced or joined with

splicing devices identified for the use or by brazing, welding,

or soldering with a fusible metal or alloy. Soldered

splices shall first be spliced or joined so as to be mechanically

and electrically secure without solder and then be

soldered. All splices and joints and the free ends of conductors

shall be covered with an insulation equivalent to that of

the conductors or with an insulating device identified for

the purpose.

Wire connectors or splicing means installed on conductors

for direct burial shall be listed for such use.

Section 300 deals with underground cables, raceways and such.

Main thing is it has to be an approved type splice (won't know without disassembly) and must be insulated as well or better than the SEC cables that are being spliced.

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