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    Big HI small back ground with electrical

    Did a house a couple years ago, it was done to 2006 IRC. It was resold and the new buyers got an HI to come check the house. He wrote in the report that the panel (which is

    'back to back' with the meter) needed a bond wire run from the meter to the panel. The seller called me while the HI was still there and I explained it was NOT needed the meter was

    bonded using the neutral. He pointed out he was "not electrically smart" (I agreed) and I thought it was clearly not needed. All was well until I talked to the seller and he stated the

    HI still put it in the report, after talking to "his man"

    So basically, he is wanting me to parallel the existing neutral with a smaller 'bonding" wire.

    I know this is not a correct .... correction, but how do I explain this to someone who admits to not being electrically smart?

    the seller ask me to write a short paper on why this should not be corrected, (or making it an incorrect install)

    I have opened my 2006 IRC novel but I am not real familiar with it, any help would be greatly appreciated

    Thanks, Greg
    Hard work never hurt anyone....but why risk it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gac66610 View Post
    Did a house a couple years ago, it was done to 2006 IRC. It was resold and the new buyers got an HI to come check the house. He wrote in the report that the panel (which is

    'back to back' with the meter) needed a bond wire run from the meter to the panel. The seller called me while the HI was still there and I explained it was NOT needed the meter was

    bonded using the neutral. He pointed out he was "not electrically smart" (I agreed) and I thought it was clearly not needed. All was well until I talked to the seller and he stated the

    HI still put it in the report, after talking to "his man"

    So basically, he is wanting me to parallel the existing neutral with a smaller 'bonding" wire.

    I know this is not a correct .... correction, but how do I explain this to someone who admits to not being electrically smart?

    the seller ask me to write a short paper on why this should not be corrected, (or making it an incorrect install)

    I have opened my 2006 IRC novel but I am not real familiar with it, any help would be greatly appreciated

    Thanks, Greg
    Is the main disconnect in the inside panel and is the nipple through the wall to the meter metal? If so, the nipple must be bonded at one end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texie View Post
    Is the main disconnect in the inside panel and is the nipple through the wall to the meter metal? If so, the nipple must be bonded at one end.
    Yes the panel has the first disconnecting means (main breaker panel)

    No the nipple is PVC, agreed if metal shall be bonded
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gac66610 View Post
    Yes the panel has the first disconnecting means (main breaker panel)

    No the nipple is PVC, agreed if metal shall be bonded
    Assuming the neutral is bonded in the panel, sounds like another case of an HI that's out of line. The problem I have with these HI deals like this is the fact that the EC (like in your case) ends up defending himself for something that is a non issue in the first place.

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    Very true

    I found this 2006 IRC .... E3509.4.1 Grounded Service Conductor. Equipment shall be bonded to the grounded service conductor in a manner provided by this code.

    Just need to find the "manner" now
    Hard work never hurt anyone....but why risk it

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