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Service upgrade and garage subpanel - updating the road to passing rough inspection

Posted 07-22-2011 at 08:55 AM by WillK

So as I write this, I have passed my rough inspection and am now waiting for the power company to make the incoming power connections for my upgraded service entrance at its new location. After they had reviewed the new location they indicated 10 business days, which would fall some time this week, unless they had to move it back due to emergency work such as storm damage, which there has been.

Since my last post, I came to the end of my contract period at my previous job, had to do more work on this project to pass electrical inspection, reinspection, re-reinspection, etc... Fifth time was a charm, and as it turns out getting a new engineering job in Michigan comes easier for me than service entrance level electrician work.

So, the many questions and support I received from the forums here over this time frame which was very important to my successful passing of rough inspection are listed here:

What outdoor electrical is required in 2008 NEC?
Wire for outdoor outlet
Driving ground rods
garage lighting circuit
Garage and service upgrade rough inspection questions
Insulated metal grounding bushing in meter socket
3-way switch loop with thhn
Making holes in junction boxes
Can garage feeder be spliced to SE once inside?
Service mast bracing
Pull elbow behind drywall?
200A upgrade and move, backfeeding permitted?
Wet location
8x8 junction box bonding
Grounding metal box
Unused openned knockouts?
Service entrance into main panel
Garage ready for rough inspection?
How much wall needs to be done for final?
Ground rod wire in conduit?
Garage feeder junction box bonding
Ground conductor size for feeder
Extra wire in conduit body allowable?
Vote: leave PVC conduit or switch in EMT for garage feeder
Inspectors that are strict but lazy
Pulling 8 guage ground wire through conduit
Junction box for detatched garage feeder
Do I need to be present for electrical rough inspection?
Securing 5 cables in a 3" wide space
Bonding water pipes
Fitting for outdoor outlet box mounted on wall
Codemakers gone wild: protection from physical damage
Wire size for grounding to water meter?
Service move - old panel, separating neutral and ground
Finally
Panel clearance requirements & workbench construction
Placard for back-fed panel?

What a huge amount of info! And beyond the original $1000 spent, I have yet to total up the spending only related to this project, but my bank account totals an addition $438.24 spent from the timeframe of my previous blog posting to when I passed rough inspection. Most of that is probably erelated, but some might not be. Also some more may have been spent paid from other cards I am not reviewing at the moment.

So the bottom line is that this project cost around $1500 and most of my free time for 2-3 solid weeks plus weekends for a couple months prior.
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