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Whats Wrong Here?

Whats Wrong Here?


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. Joe, who has a knack for finding shoddy electrical work, did the dirty work and found this mess. Now it's your turn to identify the violation.

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One of EC&M's faithful readers sent us this group of photos he took in a house he recently had rented. He said he offered to clean up this mess, but the owner told him nothing was wrong with it. What's worse is he said the owner was a retired electrician!

These pictures feature numerous Code violations, most of which are contained in Chapters 1 through 4 of the NEC. A few come to mind, such as open knockouts that have not been properly sealed, missing connectors and bushings, improper wiring methods, and missing raceways.

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