Code violations

What's Wrong Here? Hint: Handle-Tie Hiccup

Feb. 15, 2024
Can you spot the Code violation 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. Can you identify the specific Code violation(s) in this photo? Note: Submitted comments must include specific references from the 2023 NEC. 

Hint: Handle-tie hiccup

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.

December Winners

Our winner this month was Timothy Hite, owner of Hite Aviation Consulting in Altoona, Pa. He knew there were problems with the clearances in front of this service disconnect.

I am not sure whether the electrician or the plumber was the first trade to install their equipment in this very tight-spaced mechanical room. I do know, however, that the placement of the disconnect and the position of the water line prevent the disconnect’s door from fully opening. When the water shut-off valve is closed, the door can barely be opened. When the valve is open, the door can open a little farther, but not nearly the 90 degrees required by Sec. 110.26(A)(2). There is nowhere to stand in front of the disconnect or the meter enclosure since the working space required by Sec. 110.26(A) is completely blocked by the water piping and water meter. The lack of accessibility to the fuses in the disconnect is a violation of the requirements of Sec. 240.24(A).

About the Author

Russ LeBlanc | Owner

Russ started in the electrical trade as an apprentice in 1985. He worked his way up to become a Journeyman Electrician and then eventually became a Master Electrician and Licensed Construction Supervisor. In 1999 Russ become an Electrical Instructor for The Peterson School of Engineering in Massachusetts where he developed his passion for teaching, and quickly became Department Head of Electrical Instruction. Russ has taught thousands of apprentices, electricians, engineers, inspectors, and other electrical professionals during his career as an instructor. He continues to provide electrical professionals with Electrical Code seminars, Arc-Flash Awareness training seminars and educational material through his LeBlanc Consulting Services in North Reading, MA whose specialty is educating electricians. He has been an active member of the NFPA Electrical Section and has authored hundreds of National Electrical Code proposals and comments which have become Code rules to improve the safety for the electrical industry. Russ is also an IAEI certified Electrical Inspector.

Please visit www.russleblanc.net for more information.

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