What's Wrong Here?

What's Wrong Here?

Hint: Someday, my chance will come.


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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Ron LaRosa, president of R&L Maintenance, Inc., in Oak Park, Ill., made reference to these three Code sections when citing violations for this installation.

  1. “110.11 — Equipment cannot be installed in an environment that will have a deteriorating effect.

  2. “110.27 — It appears this disconnect does not have a door interlock, which would prevent you from opening it with the switch in the closed position, and coming into contact with live parts.

  3. “300.6 — Electrical equipment and materials must be protected against corrosion.”

Charles L. Rogers Sr., SSA Regional Engineering / Smith Group, Social Security Administration — Region 4, Atlanta, offered these comments. “No lockout means; I question the 3-phase circuit to single-phase equipment; the conductors are routed through restricted space; electrical continuity is in jeopardy because of rust; phase conductors may not be properly identified; and equipment is failing because of corrosion.”

Tony Helms of the BCF Group, El Cajon, Calif., added these comments. “Bad connections at terminations. The un-switched white conductor is unused. Equipment grounding is questionable because of rusted out dirty switch enclosure, and it is corroded too!”

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