Types of Pull Boxes

Pull boxes provide housing for power lines and telecommunication cables that need to be hidden from view.

Indoor

They give workers access to the lines and cables that are necessary for the operation of a city and building utility infrastructures. Pull boxes can be buried underground or stored above ground. Their configuration and material specifications depend on their location and how the power lines and cables need to be accessed.

Indoor pull boxes should conform to the National Electrical Code (NEC). They should be constructed of sheet metal approved for all dry, interior and non-hazardous locations. For boxes in a wet, indoor areas, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) type 4 standard should be followed. The box should protect from incidental contact with the enclosed equipment, while protecting the equipment from falling dirt and splashed or hose-directed water.

Telecommunication Systems

These boxes house conduit communication cables. The dimensions of this type of box are based on the size and number of conduits housed. The pull box should be large enough to not force a significant bend or turn of the cables. Cables should be able to be pulled through the box without incurring damage.

Underground Pull Boxes

In-ground boxes should be grounded to their location and made of precast concrete or cast iron with galvanized steel or cast iron covers. The covers should be removable for access to the contained cables. Boxes should be able to withstand heavy traffic areas.

Outdoor Above-Ground

These boxes should also be rated NEMA 4 and be able to withstand dirt, rain, sleet and snow. They should protect the enclosed equipment when ice forms on the box. Boxes housing conduit materials should be made of galvanized metal or cast aluminum. Boxes housing PVC or plastic-coated materials should be made of fiberglass.

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Gregory M. Dew has been writing about arts and culture since 1998. His work has been published in "The Ohio State Lantern," "Columbus Wired" and "Columbus Yogurt." Dew has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Ohio State University.