16th Edition (reference only) – NOW superseded by the 17th Edition IEE Regulations.

chapter 5

chapter 6

Cables, conduits and trunking
  4.1 - Cable insulation materials 4.4 - Cable supports, joints and terminations
  4.2 - Cables 4.5 - Cable enclosures
  4.3 - Cable choice 4.6 - Conductor and cable identification

4.4.3 - Joints and terminations

The normal installation has many joints, and it follows that these must all remain safe and effective throughout the life of the system. With this in mind, regulations on joints include the following:

1. - All joints must be durable, adequate for their purpose, and mechanically strong.

2. - They must be constructed to take account of the conductor material and insulation, as well as temperature: eg, a soldered joint must not be used where the temperature may cause the solder to melt or to weaken. Very large expansion forces are not uncommon in terminal boxes situated at the end of straight runs of large cables when subjected to overload or to fault currents.

3. - All joints and connections must be made in an enclosure complying with the appropriate British Standard.

4. - Where sheathed cables are used, the sheath must be continuous into the joint enclosure {Figure 4.17}.

5. - All joints must be accessible for inspection and testing unless they are buried in compound or encapsulated, are between the cold tail and element of a heater such as a pipe tracer or underfloor heating system, or are made by soldering, welding, brazing or compression.

Fig 4.17 Failure to enclose non-sheathed cables


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Extracted from The Electricians Guide Fifth Edition
by John Whitfield

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