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What's Wrong Here?

What's Wrong Here?

Hint: Is newspaper a new type of insulation?


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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Yes, someone actually used newspaper to plug the holes in this ceiling/floor penetration. This is clearly a violation of the requirements of 300.21, which states, “Electrical installations in hollow spaces, vertical shafts, and ventilation or air-handling ducts shall be made so that the possible spread of fire or products of combustion will not be substantially increased. Openings around electrical penetrations through fire-resistant–rated walls, partitions, floors, or ceilings shall be fire-stopped using approved methods to maintain the fire resistance rating."

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