George, all due respect, I don't understand your post.
In the first part you say,
If an appliance such as an oven or cooktop came with a whip, and a lot of them do, I would expect the appliance to be connected to a J-box and thus "hard wired".
Now I must ask, where is it prohibited for us to change this?
Then you say,
I would not expect to qualify my approval based on a permission in the manufacturer's installation guide.
For an example, if I chose to order pre whipped fixtures for a project and one of these fixtures fixtures will not work as planed and is changed to hard pipe, would you red tag the installation?
As a matter of fact, we will order negotiated large frame panelboards with xxx breakers installed that we will remove and use on other jobs due to the fact we can buy these componets cheaper this way.
Now in your opinion, does removing a given I-Line breaker (for example) from a factory assembled panel mean the breaker or the panel can not be used or installed in any other wiring method that would be allowed per the NEC?
[This message has been edited by Roger (edited 11-16-2004).]