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Old 02-27-2019, 08:34 AM   #1
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Ive been doing work all my life in NJ, commercial and residential. Ive wired quite a bit of of homes.
We'd wire the house, get the rough and service inspection and had the power turned on. The next inspection was final electrical.
The house Im building here in Florida was inspected, the power is on and the sheetrock is up.
The inspector told me I need an "early power" inspection next.
I dont quite understand what is that for. It sounds like is an inspection between rough and final to make sure the outlets are closed and its safe to work around ?????? Make no sense to me.
Please chime in your opinion
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Prepower inspection? Where an inspector visits the site to make sure it's safe to energize prior to him sending authorization to connect to POCO? That's what it sounds like to me.
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:06 AM   #3
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It is not, I think. I already have power and a GFI receptacle next to panel is hot as temporary service

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It is not, I think. I already have power and a GFI receptacle next to panel is hot as temporary service
That sounds like temporary power as if you had a t-pole.

SOP for as long as I worked in the bldg dept was a temporary power permit for a t-pole (or TUG) and then we do a prepower inspection to authorize POCO to connect the main service, then a hot check which is your final electrical inspection.

Are you saying you got your temporary power from the main service?
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It is not, I think. I already have power and a GFI receptacle next to panel is hot as temporary service
It used to be common down in Fort Myers to run a line from the temp pole over to the dwelling and power it up for an inspection prior to getting a tag on the meter and that cleared the way for FPL to come out and do the service hookup. Maybe this is what you are supposed to be doing.
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why didn't you ask the inspector when he told you that ?
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Back in NJ we didnt get a temporary power pole. Once the house was framed and the siding up, with the roof in place we'd start by doing the service Once that was passed the inspector would send the "cut in card" to the power company and they would hook it up.( we would put a temp pole only in large developments )
Normally this inspection was done at the same time as the roughing.
I understand most builders are using temp pole here in fl.
I guess the electrical inspector is a bit confused too.

This would very well apply to an old house that had the power off for a long time and maybe vandalized. The inspector would check to make sure no open wires and everything is safe Then he would tell the Power company that it is safe to hook up
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That sounds like temporary power as if you had a t-pole.

SOP for as long as I worked in the bldg dept was a temporary power permit for a t-pole (or TUG) and then we do a prepower inspection to authorize POCO to connect the main service, then a hot check which is your final electrical inspection.

Are you saying you got your temporary power from the main service?
When we first get the house panel to be energized it is called temporary since the branch circuits are not hooked up to the breakers yet. Then on final the inspectors opens up the panel checks for proper breaker size and calls it permanent power but dont send anything to the power company
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Come to think of it , the inspector should have called the inspection he has done "early power"
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I googled "early power inspection" and came up with prepower forms for cities & counties on the east coast of Florida.

It does sound like the inspector misspoke.
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