I got a phone call from a kind 85 year old man who is selling his home. According to the home inspection report, the "service mast" (actually 200 amp SE cable) is too close to a rear door of a 2nd story addition, which is accessible by an elevated deck. The inspection report states that 10' minimum distance is required (we all know it is 3', per 230.9 ). He is concerned because the 1st electrician pointed out that another window is about 15' away, and moving it that direction won't work. When I explained to him that only 3' is required, he seemed relieved, but what about the 2 other guys? Is it me, or what?
[This message has been edited by Redsy (edited 09-29-2003).]
Thanks, George. I wondered about, possibly the National Electrical Safety Code. I will check it out tomorrow, but even if it is in there, where does one draw the line with a home inspection? The problem with some of the home inspection reports is they never substantiate their recommendations with anything more than vague references to "fire and safety".
Re: Home inspector strikes again!#86282 09/30/0305:41 PM09/30/0305:41 PM
Perhaps the inspector was talking about the distance that the wire needs to be above the upper level platform. I find it hard to believe that any inspector would think the wire needs to be 10' above the top of the door. That would be around 17' high (measured from the upper floor)!
Re: Home inspector strikes again!#86283 09/30/0308:39 PM09/30/0308:39 PM
The service mast itself actually does not need to be three feet away (refer to the handbook for a picture). As long as the mast travels up past (higher than) the opening (window, door, etc.), and the exposed wires are above that opening, having the service run right next to the window or door is fine. You may already know this but I was just making it clear. Based on your above description, I wasn't sure if you were referring to the mast or the individual wires or even how it was set up in relation to the opening (my head is a bit dense).
Have you gone to look at the situation yourself yet? How about a picture?
Re: Home inspector strikes again!#86285 10/02/0309:59 PM10/02/0309:59 PM