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Forum: Electrical Inspections 2/20/19, 4:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 98
Posted By Robert Meier
Re: Replacement/updated panel questions

There will be a different answer depending on how things are enforced in a jurisdiction. The NEC had only a few instances where things need to actually be upgraded like GFCI and AFCI protection. ...
Forum: Electrical Inspections 2/19/19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 193
Posted By Robert Meier
Re: Split bus double tap

Same here, that's why I find this panel to be so odd.
Forum: Electrical Inspections 2/18/19, 2:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 193
Posted By Robert Meier
Re: Split bus double tap

I don't know those conductors are typically spot welded to the bus. I'd be curious to see this panel with the CB's removed.
Forum: Electrical Inspections 2/18/19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 193
Posted By Robert Meier
Re: Split bus double tap

Has anyone else ever seen factory parallel conductor run to the split-bus? Seems less cost effective to use four conductor instead of two when they're typically welded to the bus.
Forum: Electrical Inspections 2/17/19, 4:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 561
Posted By Robert Meier
Re: 3 vs 4 wire feed to garage

Good point, the NEC explicitly permits the 3 wire feeder to remain.
Forum: Electrical Inspections 2/17/19, 4:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 193
Posted By Robert Meier
Re: Split bus double tap

Interesting find, do you have a cat # for that panel because the spit bus conductors appear to be factory.



Also there are many other violations besides the double tap including more than 6...
Forum: Electrical Inspections 2/17/19, 8:53 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 561
Posted By Robert Meier
Re: 3 vs 4 wire feed to garage

Good point. :cool:

Would you report it as not meeting the current code, as a recommended upgrade or both?
Forum: Electrical Inspections 2/16/19, 1:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 113
Posted By Robert Meier
Re: Alumiconn

Those are actually Siemens CB's not Square D.


Circuit Breakers - Residential - QD Classified - Power Distribution - Siemens...
Forum: Electrical Inspections 2/16/19, 12:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 113
Posted By Robert Meier
Re: Alumiconn

Where can one find that information? Aren't those made by Siemens?
Forum: Electrical Inspections 2/16/19, 11:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 113
Posted By Robert Meier
Re: Alumiconn

I see QO in the second photo no QD.
Forum: Electrical Inspections 2/16/19, 10:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 113
Posted By Robert Meier
Re: Alumiconn

Aren't those Square D QO circuit breakers?
Forum: Electrical Inspections 2/16/19, 9:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 112
Posted By Robert Meier
Re: Any ideas?

Given the dust pattern around the CB it appears that the cover didn't fit properly around that 3 pole 40.
Forum: Electrical Inspections 2/13/19, 9:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 122
Posted By Robert Meier
Re: 2 pole breakers

It would need to be connected to two bus stabs on the panel as opposed to a piggy back style CB that connects only to one stab.
Forum: Electrical Inspections 2/10/19, 10:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 561
Posted By Robert Meier
Re: 3 vs 4 wire feed to garage

I think that it's more of a question as to whether or not it's unsafe. Unless a parallel metallic path has been added between the structures IMO it's not unsafe.
Forum: Electrical Inspections 2/4/19, 9:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 118
Posted By Robert Meier
Re: Main Disconnect

:cool: A good habit to get used to.
Forum: Electrical Inspections 2/4/19, 6:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 102
Posted By Robert Meier
Re: 3 wire feed to sub panel new construction

Yes the bonding screw should be removed. Is that a metal raceway between the panel and the disconnect? If so that is the "4th wire' which is actually the EGC. If it's PVC then you're correct an...
Forum: Electrical Inspections 2/1/19, 8:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 193
Posted By Robert Meier
Re: What can you say

As an electrical inspector I would say here's your green stick it's code complaint. As an electrical contractor I would say that it was hack job by someone who is probably a slob because they take...
Forum: Electrical Inspections 2/1/19, 4:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 193
Posted By Robert Meier
Re: What can you say

Sadly it can be super ugly and still be code compliant. :roll:
Forum: Electrical Inspections 1/25/19, 4:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 561
Posted By Robert Meier
Re: 3 vs 4 wire feed to garage

Actually they cannot be. If you isolate the EGC and neutral there will be no return path for the current to open an OCPD and the system will be ungrounded.


If you think of it like a service the...
Forum: Electrical Inspections 1/23/19, 5:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 561
Posted By Robert Meier
Forum: Electrical Inspections 1/20/19, 11:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 201
Posted By Robert Meier
Re: CAFCI breaker

Why would you say no even if it weren't required? Isn't extra protection a good thing?
Forum: Electrical Inspections 1/19/19, 4:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 240
Posted By Robert Meier
Re: CO Detectors

CO is a little lighter than air so the alarm can go on the ceiling. The NFPA allows ceiling type alarms to be mounted there. The info in the video is incorrect.


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Forum: Electrical Inspections 1/17/19, 8:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 561
Posted By Robert Meier
Re: 3 vs 4 wire feed to garage

You're welcome, and depending on when a jurisdiction adopted the 2008 NEC you might even see this on new installations beyond 2008 which may have been code compliant when installed.
Forum: Electrical Inspections 1/17/19, 7:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 561
Posted By Robert Meier
Re: 3 vs 4 wire feed to garage

Up until the 2008 NEC code cycle 3 wire feeders were permitted if there were no metallic paths between the two structures. From 2008 and beyond a 4-wire feeder is required. If there is an old...
Forum: Electrical Inspections 1/12/19, 5:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 244
Posted By Robert Meier
Re: SE cable going across house front

You're right looked at it initially on my phone and it appeared as if the insulation was cracked.
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