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So after being failed the first go around for sloppy old work he comes out today and fails me for the following. 1. More then a 1/4" of jacketing in junction boxes, 15 amp circuits where 12-2 was used but not labeled on the wire and junction box as a 15 a circuit, wants to see documentation that my 1/2 inch staples can hold 2 wires, wants all zip ties removed, wants all junction boxes labeled, wants staples within 6 inches of every junction box in the attic. Is this guy serious?
 

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So after being failed the first go around for sloppy old work he comes out today and fails me for the following. 1. More then a 1/4" of jacketing in junction boxes, 15 amp circuits where 12-2 was used but not labeled on the wire and junction box as a 15 a circuit, wants to see documentation that my 1/2 inch staples can hold 2 wires, wants all zip ties removed, wants all junction boxes labeled, wants staples within 6 inches of every junction box in the attic. Is this guy serious?


Did you pick up his Daughter in a Bar maybe ?




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So after being failed the first go around for sloppy old work he comes out today and fails me for the following. 1. More then a 1/4" of jacketing in junction boxes, 15 amp circuits where 12-2 was used but not labeled on the wire and junction box as a 15 a circuit, wants to see documentation that my 1/2 inch staples can hold 2 wires, wants all zip ties removed, wants all junction boxes labeled, wants staples within 6 inches of every junction box in the attic. Is this guy serious?
314.17 says for the sheath to be "not less than 6 mm (1⁄4 in.) inside the box and beyond any cable clamp" -- not "no more than".

Also, 12/2 wiring is perfectly fine for a 15A circuit breaker, and there's nothing I know of in the Code that requires it to be labeled as such.

And 334.30 says staples should be "within 300 mm (12 in.) of every outlet box" -- not 6 inches.
 

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Wow so this guy is just completely wrong. I don't know what to do though. Show him exactly where he's wrong and have him make up some more bs and fail me again or just be a good submissive electrician and do what he says
 

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So after being failed the first go around for sloppy old work he comes out today and fails me for the following. 1. More then a 1/4" of jacketing in junction boxes, 15 amp circuits where 12-2 was used but not labeled on the wire and junction box as a 15 a circuit, wants to see documentation that my 1/2 inch staples can hold 2 wires, wants all zip ties removed, wants all junction boxes labeled, wants staples within 6 inches of every junction box in the attic. Is this guy serious?
This sounds like a northern Massachusetts town I know
 

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Wow so this guy is just completely wrong. I don't know what to do though. Show him exactly where he's wrong and have him make up some more bs and fail me again or just be a good submissive electrician and do what he says
You won't win with this one by complying. Is this in writing? If not get it in writing, then go to his boss.
 

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I forgot to mention he complained about the grounds in the multi gang boxes not being tied together. I've never had that on a rough inspection. Is that code?
 

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I forgot to mention he complained about the grounds in the multi gang boxes not being tied together. I've never had that on a rough inspection. Is that code?
I had an inspector that ask for that, I complied. He didn't demand, just wanted to see it that way.
 

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I forgot to mention he complained about the grounds in the multi gang boxes not being tied together. I've never had that on a rough inspection. Is that code?
. It's a rough inspection ! I never heard of splices needing to be made up to pass a rough inspection ? I generally try to have that done , so when it comes time to device , all I need I the device and plate . Someone pissed in this guys cornflakes , I'm guessing ? Personally , I'd try to make him happy this time , but I would also go over his head to let his superiors know what he's making you do . They may be as crazy as him , in which case , I'd never work on that township again , lol ! One thing I've found over the years , is clean and near work will impress most inspectors enough , on a rough , that the rest of the inspections are a walk in the park . Good luck !
 

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So far all your inspector has given you is a big list of WANT.

I wouldn't change the first thing until I received a written notice of correction with code sections cited. (I know... in the real world you need to get paid and can't waste the time waiting for this moron. Although, it would be nice to hear that you shoved this bogus inspection right up his...:eek:)

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Man I've lost so much money on this already it might be worth it to me just to slam this guy. I don't plan on ever doing work in this township again anyhow.
 

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Man I've lost so much money on this already it might be worth it to me just to slam this guy. I don't plan on ever doing work in this township again anyhow.
Speaking as an inspector. Make him write it down with rule references and then take it to his boss. Why should you avoid work under his jurisdiction of he is wrong? I make mistakes and if I don't have anyone call me on it how am I to improve my work which is no less important for me to be consistent with the other inspectors in our area. No one should ever get a pass on an error regardless of who make the mistake. Now if he turns to revenge I would take a recorder to my next few inspections just to be sure he gets it right or incase he makes any admission he is treating you special because you complained.

Good accurate and consitent calls are essential from inspectors. never let their mistakes slide but please be polite too.
 
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