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Old 08-12-2010, 02:43 PM   #61
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Just call up the inspector and ask. Being on good terms with the inspector goes a long way. If you want to do a little more work or change something, give him a call and he'll let you know if you if it's covered under the permit or if he is going to amend it.

He might call into question the newer wiring, that is why being open and upfront with your intentions will help you. You might have an inspector that doesn't give a crap or you might have one that inspects everything with a microscope. Either way, letting him know that you are doing everything by the book will help.

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Old 08-12-2010, 04:33 PM   #62
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That is good advice.

Does the work that an electrician performs always get inspected?
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Is is true that you can start electrical work prior to pulling a permit?

The electrian who is doing work on my house told me he has 5 days to obtain a permit, he's doing the work now. I thought that was rather odd.

Also, once work is complete, it needs to be inspected by city inspector?
Can some one please advice.
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Old 09-03-2010, 10:36 AM   #64
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Old 09-04-2010, 04:10 PM   #65
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Old 09-04-2010, 04:25 PM   #66
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I've never heard of pulling the permit after work has been started
Unless its when the office's are closed & its emergency work

Yes, it needs to be inspected
Here 2 are required...rough inspection....then final
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I've never heard of pulling the permit after work has been started
Unless its when the office's are closed & its emergency work

Yes, it needs to be inspected
Here 2 are required...rough inspection....then final
he claimed to have 5 grace days. and what's also odd is that after he gets the permit, he'll wait a couple of days to call an inspector. Why not get the permit and call the inspector the same day.
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he claimed to have 5 grace days. and what's also odd is that after he gets the permit, he'll wait a couple of days to call an inspector. Why not get the permit and call the inspector the same day.
Probably because there really aren't 5 grace days
If he pulls the permit & then asks for an inspection the same day they will know he did the work 1st without a permit
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MA General Laws, Part I, Title XX, Chapter 143, Section 3L, Paragraph 4, states:

No person shall install for hire any electrical wiring or fixtures subject to this section without first or within five days after commencing the work giving notice to the inspector of wires appointed pursuant to the provisions of section thirty-two of chapter one hundred and sixty-six. Said notice shall be given by mailing or delivering a permit application form prepared by the board, to said inspector. Any person failing to give such notice shall be punished by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars. This section shall be enforced by the inspector of wires within his jurisdiction and the state examiners of electricians.
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lol.... there is one you should probably bookmark, Dave.

That must have taken some research! If it's anything like my State Codes, what a headache.....

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I live in MA and am about to pull a permit for finishing my basement. I want to do the electrical work myself and spoke to the wiring inspector today. I can confirm most of what was said on this board. I have the right to pull the permit, but I already met some resistance. He said that "he often runs into problems with homeowners doing the work and advises my to get a licensed electrician".
That said, I am wondering if I need to be worried about "preexistng" work in my home that might cause me problems at inspection time. The wiring in and around the panel looks more like the negative example photo that was posted earlier.
The house was new when I bought it 5 years ago and of course all this was inspected before, but: should I invite the inspector to "sign off" on the prior work before I start, so that he can't deny his signature on the grounds of something that I did not do? Has anybody run into this? I assume I can take pictures of everything before I start, but I'd rather save myself the hassle.
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You might want to contact the inspector and see if he would look at what you have and what you propose to do, before you start work. Doesn't hurt to ask. Either way, taking before and after pictures is an excellent idea.
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Does anyone have experience pulling electrical permits in the actual city of Boston. The website says that electrical permits need to be pulled by a licensed electrician, but of course that contradicts the MGL. I'm wondering if anyone has actual personal experience with inspective services.
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I had an electrician pull a permit, and do all the rough work. all was inspected and we put up the walls. He came back to start the finish work, got most of it done, and then disappeared. I finally got a hold of him and he informed me that his company is being sued (internal conflict between partners) and he wont be able to finish.

There are a few outlets and switches left. Can I finish it up and call for the final myself and remove the original electrician from the permit?

I am in Natick Ma.
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I've read this 5 page thread, read the MGL sections that apply, and have the following question:

The actual ability for a homeowner to pull a permit in the governing town/city/etc seems to vary. If I live in a town whose inspector says - "No, we don't give permits to homeowners" - what is my recourse?

I have done home electrical work that has been inspected and passed a bunch of times before, a few here in MA, once in NJ. I would like my work to be inspected, not only to ensure its correct, but also so that homeowners insurance is not compromised.

Before I approach my town's inspector, what are the *facts* here? Thanks.

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