Friend in a nearby area asked me to look at an installation he had an EC perform for a time clock on a well pump. The pump was 240V and the clock had a 120V motor. 12/2 w/g was routed to the clock and the ground was connected as a neutral to the clock. Friend contacted county inspector and police. No permit/no inspection. EC out on $250.00 bond. Hearing in two weeks. This kind of workmanship hurts the legit EC. Rowdy
Yes, it was a bad installation, but arresting the guy was a bit much wasn't it? I don't think the police would arrest an electrician for something like this in my area, but you might have to go before the electrical contractors board and risk losing your license, but a warning would be most likely.
Why didn't your friend get you to do the job in the first place and what made him want to have you look at it?
[This message has been edited by Electric Eagle (edited 09-12-2003).]
Re: Another Shortcutter#29252 09/12/0311:20 PM09/12/0311:20 PM
Wouldn't it have been easier to put in a small (50VA) 240/120 transformer and then fuse the secondary L1(X1)and ground the neutral (X2)? I've done it right up to 600/120. As far as I know, it is legal here. (Canada)
Re: Another Shortcutter#29254 09/13/0305:22 AM09/13/0305:22 AM
George You mention running a threewire + ground. How do you get a 120v circuit if you are using the two ungrounded conductors for 240v? I am guessing that the White conductor is to be used for the grounded conductor.
Re: Another Shortcutter#29256 09/13/0310:10 PM09/13/0310:10 PM
He just picked the wrong guy to screw. Jay's uncle is a judge and his brother is an attorney. No, Jay didn't go for the cheap and I retired 10 years ago. It wasn't just a time clock but pressure pump and other items associated. The installation was pathetic in its entirety. Rowdy
Re: Another Shortcutter#29258 09/15/0309:27 PM09/15/0309:27 PM
I hope that that will rub off on the DA here. The only way to get rid of fly by nite work is to make the jerks pay more for the bad work than it would have cost for the work to be done correctly. A stint in jail and a heavy fine is a start.