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. Can you identify the specific Code violation(s) in this photo? Note: Submitted comments must include specific references from the 2023 NEC.
Hint: Wrongly reidentified reds
Tell Them What They've Won…
Using the 2023 NEC, correctly identify the Code violation(s) in this month's photo — in 200 words or less — and you could win an Arlington Industries 18-in. Slider Bar and plastic box for mounting between studs with non-standard spacing. E-mail your response, including your name and mailing address, to [email protected], and Russ will select three winners (excluding manufacturers and prior winners) at random from the correct submissions. Note that submissions without an address will not be eligible to win.
Our winners this month were Roger Ervine, an EC&M reader from Windom, Minn., and Walter Jukes, a senior project manager for Creative Engineering Group of Canoga Park, Calif. They knew that having a panelboard full of circuit breakers in a janitor’s closet violated several Code rules.
Section 240.24(A) requires circuit breakers to be readily accessible. Climbing over or removing obstacles in order to reach these circuit breakers means they do not meet the Art. 100 definition of readily accessible. Section 240.24(D) prohibits circuit breakers from being in the vicinity of easily ignitable material. This closet has mops, cleaning supplies, and paper towels stored in it. All of these items could provide fuel for a fire. Section 110.26(B) prohibits items from being stored in the working space required for this electrical equipment. Lastly, there are two red fire alarm cables running next to the drainpipe on the right side of the closet that do not comply with the installation requirements of Sec. 760.24(A). Exposed fire alarm cables must be installed so they won’t be damaged during normal building use.