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    Why we need permits and inspections

    This is our Washington Labor and Industry "Ugly Picture of the Month" for January, in our monthly electrical newsletter
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    One of our inspectors was at a residence inspecting a new air conditioner unit. When he asked to see the electrical panel where the circuit originated, the homeowner got very nervous and the inspector discovered this very dangerous installation to a generator transfer
    panel. The inspector followed up using the department’s process to ensure a permit was purchased and repairs were made.
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    Yep, that definitely needs more tape.
    You may well be the sharpest tool in the box, but in the end you are still a tool.

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    See lectrickel not that hard!

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    I'm impressed the panel cover has its screw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAC702 View Post
    I'm impressed the panel cover has its screw.
    Not just a screw but the factory original screw!
    The sad part of these kinds of things found in the wild are not that rare. Sad commentary on our trade and for that matter all the trades today.

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    I could post 100's of similar debaucheries.

    Nice that your state has some 'teeth' in the matter Tom...

    ~RJ~

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    I don't know that I would put it into the "very dangerous" category. It isn't to code. Would not be real hard to make it code by just extending the EMT to the panelboard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petersonra View Post
    I don't know that I would put it into the "very dangerous" category. It isn't to code. Would not be real hard to make it code by just extending the EMT to the panelboard.
    I dunno; do they make round-to-rectangular connectors for panels??

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    Quote Originally Posted by petersonra View Post
    I don't know that I would put it into the "very dangerous" category. It isn't to code. Would not be real hard to make it code by just extending the EMT to the panelboard.
    i always run a couple feeders thru the panel cover.
    that way, the pipes hold the cover on without screws.

    making that up musta been fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fulthrotl View Post
    i always run a couple feeders thru the panel cover.
    that way, the pipes hold the cover on without screws.

    making that up musta been fun.
    LOL.

    and I would class the install as very dangerous. Kids, pets, vibration, etc. could rub those wires against the sharp cut metal of the door and cause a fire that would not be contained by a box or conduit, or cause a nasty shock or electrocution to said kids or pets.

    And unless they used a red or black for ground, the unit doesnt appear grounded to the service. No fault pathway.... not good x 2.
    Electricians do it until it Hertz!

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