So we had the electrical inspection… and failed miserably

It was bad, really bad.

I mean, I don’t think we will be getting electrocuted any time soon (knock on wood), but in terms of passing an inspection, no matter how many times the inspector could have turned the other way on small stuff (which he wouldn’t have, he sounded like a hard ass), there were too many big things that could just not go ignored.

Things like, did you know you are required to have an outlet every 12 feet around the walls of the house? We didn’t and for some reason, the licensed electrician seemed surprised about it too.

electricityThe best excuse he gave was that he didn’t see where the outlets were supposed to go in the plans. Which doesn’t seem like it should affect the fact that when you decide where to put outlets, you know the rule and place accordingly. It explains why our hallways and some walls don’t have outlets and why I had to snake an extension cord to plug in a fan in the kitchen. It was done wrong.

Also, there is supposed to be an outlet outside. Makes sense. Didn’t think that was a rule, but I’m glad it is.

He also put the wrong breaker in the second floor apartment – it was supposed to be another main breaker, not a supplemental one. Bot sure if I’m using the right terminology here, but basically our tenants need to have access to a main breaker either in their apartment or some type of common area. Luckily we had given them a key to our basement and that basement hallway is pretty common-area feeling, so they could get down there in a pinch. But we did get yelled at for it basically being done wrong.

Also, apparently there is something called a collective bar for the main breakers that is supposed to be there and just isn’t. I can’t even explain this one.

But wait, there’s more.

The hoods for the stoves are not supposed to be on the same circuit as the other appliances. Guess what? They are.

Another good excuse – this is how I’ve been doing it for years.

Well, buddy, turns out the regulations were changed last year. Keep up on your electrical code much?

So now there are more holes that need to be cut in walls, more circuits that need to be fed through said holes, and a whole new headache of another botched construction job.

My contractor was sympathetic. He said he would coordinate with the electrician on the schedule and is going to hold back the balance he owes him until this is done. He is also going to come patch up the holes the electrician will have to make for the outlets.

And hopefully he never uses this guy again.

So here’s the count so far – the plumbing inspection is required before you close the walls up and then after. Neither inspection caught the fact that all the plumbing was screwed up. In fact, I’m pretty sure the second inspection was a marked as a no show,

There is no requirement for the electrical to be inspected before you close the walls, no idea why, but after this total disaster of a job, maybe there should be.

Basically none of these rules make any sense and are pretty much just designed to drive someone crazy.


6 thoughts on “So we had the electrical inspection… and failed miserably

  1. I enjoy reading about your hardships… but not in a negative sense. Life is full of surprises, good and bad, but that’s what makes life interesting!

    • Thank you so much for this lovely comment! I definitely end up writing more about the bad than the good (I love the drama!), but all in all, it has been such an amazing learning experience, and still continues to be one. Thanks for reading!

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