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What's Wrong Here? Hint: Installer Should Go Back to School

What's Wrong Here? Hint: Installer Should Go Back to School

Can you identify the Code violation(s) in this photo?


How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn't identify? Here's your chance to moonlight as an electrical inspector and second-guess someone else's work from the safety of your living room or office. It's your turn to identify the violation.


Hint: installer should go back to school


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Jim Hancock, a supervisor with Howard Organization, Inc. in Shickshinny, Pa., sent us these photos taken in a small private school in northeast Pennsylvania.


The number of Code violations associated with this building could fill many pages. Let's focus on just a few to get things started.

  • A lack of proper supports for any of the wiring methods used (Chapter 3).
  • Open knockouts, which violate 110.12(A) [Unused Openings].
  • Panelboard installed sideways, which violates 240.81. This rule states, "Circuit breakers shall clearly indicate whether they are in the open 'off' or closed 'on' position. Where circuit breaker handles are operated vertically rather than rotationally or horizontally, the 'up' position of the handle shall be the 'on' position."


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