Starting a renovation job at a car dealer in No. VA and looked around the electric room. Dear GOD! To start a small list: 110.12 ( a nice one that covers all crappy work), 110.22 (NO PANEL SCHEDULE AT ALL AND THERE ARE THE MDP AND SIX SUB PANELS), 348.30 (A), 348.30(B), 314.28 (C), 314.23 (A), 410.12, 410.16 (C), 410.18 (A), 410.22, 410.28 (These last ones cover support, covers on boxes and luminaries, and general instillation of lighting), 250.146 (non-grounded receptacles with sensitive electronics plugged in), 250.53 (cover mount receptacle ground bonding jumper), 400.8 (uses not permitted for flexible cord), 358.26 (number of bends in an EMT run), 314.17 (openings to be closed), 110.26 (spaces about elec. equip.), 300.14, and 210.4 (D) (identification of ungrounded conductors). What a mess. The feeds to all the RTU's were done with unmarked red wire (#2, all, despite a feed for a 30A, 50A, and 90A RTU with no bond bushings despite concentric KO's), there was flex all over the ceiling, open boxes, etc.) Nasty stuff
These guys are about a mile from the Pentagon! It’s a good thing it’s a different jurisdiction, or I would have serious worries about that building. Not good at all.
8:00 hours..... asked by a local developer to attend renovation walkthru, emphasis on salvagable electrical system 9:00 hours...... completed walkthru, service entrance viewed, panels opened, JB inspected, devices inspected at random, fixtures viewed at random..... 9:15 hours... forwarded verbal results.
#83550 - 02/05/0312:31 AMRe: Violations found when beginning a renovation?
I have never wanted a digital camera more! My scanner stopped working a while ago but if I can get it going I expect a few shots on Friday, when I stop back on the job for a few hours.
I talked to the local "multi-hat" inspector for a good long while. There are mass amounts of lumber used as structural elements (despite the fact that wood is not allowed by local building code on commercial jobs), the bathrooms don't comply to any form of local/national building code, the prints call for us to double lug the RTU's and the Air Compressor for the service area of the dealership (can you say Change Order and violation!)
The engineer calls for us to use the existing RTU feed breaker from MDP to feed our new sub panels (hence the double lug and change order that we are about to do!). A big OOPS! Changes involve a re-feed of all existing RTU's from the new sub-panels and demo of all existing roof work. I guess the owner of my company will be happy because none of this stuff is in the bid and a simple service build out has turned into a pretty good upgrade (ticket work).
I wish I could dump this one off on someone else; It's not going to be a fun job. A lot of stuff too be done, to say the least.
#83551 - 02/05/0310:40 AMRe: Violations found when beginning a renovation?
This sounds like a good place for a walk thru with a digital camcorder with sound attachment. As you take your pictures or "roll you film" you make comments about what you see. You also note if that will be fixed as part of your work or not. Maybe the AHJ will want a copy. I have found out the hard way that this can sure be a great money saver. Also if an argument starts over what is required and what is to be paid for, you have the preexisting conditions on record.
#83552 - 02/06/0307:29 AMRe: Violations found when beginning a renovation?
I saw your test-marks, but I tightened the lugs a little more anyway. Aluminum wires always loosen up..."
What a dumba$$!Didn't you have another inspector do the same thing awhile back.Go ahead and ask him to start terminating everything for you(Hey...It's free labor ) Seriously though,if he chooses to tighten the lugs beyond the manufacturers torque requirements,then he should be held liable in the event of a failure at that connection. Keep that digital camera handy during inspections and photograph him doing this.Post it here then give him the website address. That would be fun!!
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#83555 - 02/06/0305:19 PMRe: Violations found when beginning a renovation?
I saw your test-marks, but I tightened the lugs a little more anyway. Aluminum wires always loosen up...
If that happens again, do this. Carefully repeat the comment back to the inspector, and ask him to verify the statement for accuracy. Then ask, "Will you deny having said that—while under oath?" […should his incompetence possibly be litigated at a future time.]
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