I was searching on the internet for some electrical help. I had a "Handyman" come to my home... (edited by request)
I am having some new countertops and tiled backsplash being installed. I asked the handyman to move the outlets to be mounted under the cabinets (this would allow a clean tile backsplash) No Switches or Plugs in the tile backsplash. He mounted the wires under the cabinets it looks good, HOWEVER, all the existing wires were spliced to make the modifications and the splice is connected with a wire nut and electrical tape. (No Box at all) and these splices will be INACCESSIBLE behind a tile wall. Also, I think one or two 110 volt plugs were just capped with wire nuts and electrical taped. Any Ideas on what to do.
Should I ask the Handyman to come back and re-run new lines to a junction box in the basement where they could be accessed if necessary
He said he "Consulted" his Code Book (assuming "National Electrical Code") and stated that this modification was OK. I had a licensed plumber come out to run a gas line and he looked at the work and was almost with out words.
Again Six (6) 110 volt Grounded (2) Plug outlets were spliced to move them under the cabinet, 1 or 2 were capped and wrapped and left in what will be behind a tile kitchen backsplash wall.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
-Virgil Residential/Commercial Inspector 5 Star Inspections Member IAEI
Re: open splices#78383 09/13/0107:25 AM09/13/0107:25 AM
I'm in the same boat as you. I know it's in there, just can't find it. It's too early. But... 370-29 requires all requires all boxes, etc. be accessible without removing building materials. Anyway,
1)What do you mean by under the counter?
2)What you NEED to do is call a licensed electrician to correct this. Do not use "handymen" to perform any electrical work beyond possibly repairing or replacing existing installations. Due to the existing wiring, it is difficult enough for knowledgeable electricians to comply with the NEC during renovations.
[This message has been edited by Redsy (edited 09-13-2001).]
Re: open splices#78385 09/13/0110:24 AM09/13/0110:24 AM
Some code violations are so outrageously blatant that one does not even need to be in the trade , as the plumber , to realize it.
This "Handyman" needs to be hit in the wallet, and hard, to understand this. Unfortunatly, in many states the AHJ ( all smoke , teeth & vinegar aside) can only impose fines that almost invite such work.
What ever happened to public floggings
I would recommend this customer seek leagal cousel to this end.
Re: open splices#78388 09/13/0111:00 PM09/13/0111:00 PM