Inspection

nickelec

Senior Member
Location
US
Does it actually say anywhere in the nec that you need to have cover plates installed to pass an inspection id like to get an inspection done but the painters didn't even start yet so I was wondering if I would pass inspection without the cover plates and it got me thinking because I don't remember ever seeing a code saying they need to be installed

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growler

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Location
Atlanta,GA
Does it actually say anywhere in the nec that you need to have cover plates installed to pass an inspection id like to get an inspection done but the painters didn't even start yet so I was wondering if I would pass inspection without the cover plates and it got me thinking because I don't remember ever seeing a code saying they need to be installed

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It just depends on the inspector. I have gotten a final without cover plates but the inspector could require that they be installed.
 

nickelec

Senior Member
Location
US
But it's specifically written code that plates are needed I mean we can let inspectors just make up code

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480sparky

Senior Member
Location
Iowegia
Would you purposely leave covers off jboxes and expect to pass a final? Neither would I. Plates on or don’t call.
Some inspectors think they have to find something to call you on, no matter how trivial it is. Years ago I had one like that. I'd leave a 1900 cover off here or there just as an easter egg for him. The cover would be hanging on the box to one side, with one screw. He'd comment on it, saying it needs to be buttoned up.

Or I'd install one receptacle that wouldn't be tight on the wall and wiggle when he pushed in his tester. Or mis-wire a 3-way so the light wouldn't come back on. Literally, an intentional error that would be known to be quick and easy to correct.

Otherwise, he'd start making things up, regardless of how 'perfect' the install was.
 

Dennis Alwon

Moderator
Staff member
Location
Chapel Hill, NC
Occupation
Electrical Contractor
Nick the code does not specifically say that plates must be on but I believe 110.3 requires the system to be complete. Again if all the plates are off there is a good chance you may fail but if some are off because the painters are working in a room then they may let it slide
 

roger

Moderator
Staff member
Location
Fl
Occupation
Electrician
There is 404.9 and 406.6 an inspector could use, they could not check for compliance if they were not installed.

Roger
 

eds

Senior Member
Does it actually say anywhere in the nec that you need to have cover plates installed to pass an inspection id like to get an inspection done but the painters didn't even start yet so I was wondering if I would pass inspection without the cover plates and it got me thinking because I don't remember ever seeing a code saying they need to be installed

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Put them on, call for your inspection.If the painters haven't started yet, they can take them off and then put them back on. That's what they would do if you weren't involved in the job.
 

hbiss

EC, Westchester, New York NEC: 2014
Location
Hawthorne, New York NEC: 2014
Occupation
EC
When you call for a finish inspection the work should be finished. Without plates the inspector would not be able to tell if there was a gap, the plate didn't cover the cutout, the receptacle was loose, etc.

-Hal
 
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