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03:22AM | 12/01/02
Member Since: 11/07/02
9 lifetime posts
I have totally rewired an old house. Before I started I had an electrician put in a new 200 amp breaker box outside then I went to get my permit to do the rest myself. The inspector ask me if my mast was through the roof or below. I told him the electrician installed a new mast when he installed my new breaker box and it is not through the roof. He told me if it is not through the roof when he checks my work he would red tag my new breaker box because he's tired of the electric company complaining about how hard it is to hook up the service when the mast is under the eve(I was out there when they hooked it up and they didn't seem to mind). My question is, don't electricians have to get permits just like I do? Do the inspectors check their work to? If the electrician did his work against city code then why did the inspecor pass his work but he will red tag it when he inspects my work? This electrician is also the one that left my ground rod sticking up out of the ground, another violation he got away with but I will get in trouble over.

[This message has been edited by tbone20tnt (edited December 01, 2002).]


04:16AM | 12/01/02
Member Since: 11/16/02
64 lifetime posts
Greetings tbone20tnt,

Yes, most places require a electrcal permit.

Sounds to me that you have not made a friend of this inspector!

I would first, put on a happy face and talk to the inspector about what went wrong?

If your electrician did work without a permit, you need to make it right!

Your inspector can always report him to the state board.

Depending on where you are, you should have two ground rods outside the house about six feet apart, eight feet deep and flush to the ground or lower.

I would talk to the electrician who installed the service. Ask him if he had any bad dealings with the inspector, (or any dealings at all).

Has the service been conected by the power company?

Who checked the socket to see if it was wired right, anti-oxident and proper grounding.

I have a feeling that something is not quite right here.

I would stop this project and get some answers from the inspector.

Good luck,


05:18AM | 12/01/02
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
He can't red tag you because he doesn't like the electric company complaining to him. He has to site a code reference. Ask him for the specific code that is being violated. Inspectors can't randomly make up their own code. Tell him you want go back to the original electrician and make him fix it and you need the code reference.

[This message has been edited by joed (edited December 01, 2002).]


07:45AM | 12/05/02
Member Since: 08/30/02
32 lifetime posts
also - if there is some work the electrician did that is not code compliant and he won't fix it, it is not the job of the inspector to file a complaint with the state contractor board....that is your requirement.


03:53PM | 12/26/02
Member Since: 11/16/02
64 lifetime posts

I disagree, it is a requirement of the inspector to see that the work is done correctly.

Now, if the inspector tells the electrician to fix something and the electrician decides not to or does not know how, then the inspector is suposed to let the state licencing board know.

Most cases however, the home owner ends up hirering a new electrician to fix the problems because the inspector can and will have the power shut off if the work presents a safety hazard.

The odds are in this case is that no permit was pulled and the inspector was compansating by abusing his authority.



12:25PM | 12/30/02
Member Since: 12/28/02
2 lifetime posts
The riser must have a minimum height above the ground at the point of attachment from the power company. this depends on weither the service drop crosses on a sidewalk, driveway or street. If the minimum height is met then the riser doesn't have to penetrate the roof.
NEC article 230-24(b) 10 feet over residential property and driveways, 18 feet over public roads alleys etc,

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