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What's Wrong Here?

What's 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 Tedesco, 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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On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I found this installation as I made my way back to the hotel from the convention center. This arrangement was in a parking lot behind a block wall. The damage appears to have been caused by a truck bumper from a nearby parking space. This equipment was still running and looks like it was installed without the benefit of an electrical permit and electrical inspection.

I’m sure the equipment ground has been lost due to the damage caused by a lack of physical protection. In addition, there’s no disconnecting means in sight. See 110.3(A)(8) of the 2008 NEC.

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