Was this a paid inspector (like me) or was he employed by a city/county/state government? Just curious. By the way, the inspectors name wasn't Max, was it?
If the inspector cannot cite the appropriate code section, it isn't a violation.
If he is a paid inspector, he is only inspecting service entrances & he should take the trouble to make himself familiar with the applicable parts of the NEC.
If he works for a government in WV, there is a good chance he has been "appointed" to his position & may not have a clue as to what is right.
I don't mean to make light of anyone's experiance or education, but this particular issue isn't hard to figure out & it certainly isn't a gray area. When an inspector gives a weak answer, he is hurting all of us, it would be better if he said "I don't know, but I'll find out."
[This message has been edited by Tom (edited 02-23-2001).]
Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.