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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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Think you know how this installation violates the NEC?

I discovered this installation in Wilmington, N.C., while on vacation last summer. It was located on the waterfront, and it sure was scary, especially if the circuit was energized. I also wondered about the rest of the temporary open lampholders that were run along the entire length of this famous boardwalk. This arrangement and type of equipment presents possible electric shock hazards and should be removed immediately.

Here is just one of the many rules I could cite with this substandard installation:

110.2 Approval. The conductors and equipment required or permitted by this Code shall be acceptable only if approved. FPN: See 90.7, Examination of Equipment for Safety, and 110.3, Examination, Identification, Installation, and Use of Equipment. See definitions of Approved, Identified, Labeled, and Listed.”

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