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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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Ken Amandolia, a superintendent with West Star Electrical Contractors, Inc., in Douglasville, Ga., was asked to take a look at this picture for a customer and provide pricing if he saw anything that needed replacing. He just had to send it to us.

I love the disconnect lying on top of the bucket. Take your pick among a number of these violations: lack of proper equipment maintenance; exposed energized conductors; improper supports; missing covers; lack of proper electrical grounding and bonding; and more! The best advice I can provide here is go ahead and review the requirements shown in Chapters 1 through 4 of the NEC. You'll be able to note a number of serious violations with this installation.

Sadly, this type of installation is typical in many parts of the country.

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