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Old 04-29-2010, 01:15 PM   #1
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Common to give Power Release at Rough-in?


I had a rough-in inspection this week. My permit includes a sub-panel, and since I could lock-out the breaker that feeds the panel, I went ahead and wired all the new circuits into the panel.

Part of my permit includes upgrading the outlets in existing bathrooms to new 20a circuits. I was expecting to not be allowed to power up the panel until after final inspection. But I don't want to replace the outlets and then have no outlets in the bathroom until an inspection can be done.

When I asked about how getting permission to power up the sub-panel was going to work, the inspector said I could go ahead and power it up now. He just requested that I cap off the exposed wires connected to the panel for safty reasons should the wrong breaker get turned on.

I was wondering if this is the way typical rough-in inspections go?

BTW, the inspection went great. The inspectors were impressed with the neatness of my work. They didn't even bother to inspect the back room. The only thing they dinged me on was not having a protector plate on the framing in front of the 3" bathroom drain... but then again, this was supposed to only be a partial rough-in inspection on the den and storage (back) room.

Also, I forgot to point out and ask the inspector about the J-B Weld:
J-B Weld to Mount Metal Box
I even had the packaging for the J-B Weld hanging off the box so that I wouldn't forget. But what I didn't expect was three inspectors to eventually show up for the inspection. With the combination of three inspectors, the inspectors concentrating on the playroom/den, and asking about powering the sub-panel, I didn't remember about the J-B Weld until I saw the packaging just after they drove off.

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