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Old 03-15-2011, 04:59 PM   #1
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I am a little taken back by the concept. I would be curious if there have been any issues with liability.

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I am a little taken back by the concept. I would be curious if there have been any issues with liability.
Why?

It's legal for me to do work on my own house. I follow or exceed code - mostly thanks to the help and encouragement of all the kind people here. There are plenty of people here to do illegal or sub-NEC work, but that's their choice.

I suggest you read the electrical threads. Even, US Tort law hasn't fallen so far that anyone could suggest that a relatively anonymous contributor to a DIY forum could possibly be liable for any sort of bad advice they might give. It's that whole freedom of speech thing. You know First Amendment, US Constitution.

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I forgot to say that if we start handing out liability for bad DIY advice the Big Box Stores would be in a heck-of-a-lot-of-trouble.
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I'm sure the site has good lawyers, and the disclaimer probably helps too.
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I forgot to say that if we start handing out liability for bad DIY advice the Big Box Stores would be in a heck-of-a-lot-of-trouble.
COMPLETELY AGREE!!

If those hacks are not getting sued NO ONE will.
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I am a little taken back by the concept. I would be curious if there have been any issues with liability.
I am curious as to what you think would be the problem. The advice we give out is spot on. If someone comes on and gives out poor advice be damn sure it will get corrected asap.
As for me, this is why you will see me here and not in the plumbing or hvac forum. This is also the reason we do not like to see framers, handymen, carpenters, etc coming here and giving advice that starts with "I have heard...", or "I think the code is...", or "When I did my house...".
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I am on the same page as Speedy Pete and myself I am well versed with both Americiané et French Electrical system and this is one of few fourms I will be around pretty frequente.

And we do stick with the latest NEC or other codes that do apply to your area and we steer them right.

Once a while we will get pretty harsh if someone don't understand the safety issue or feel getting very dangerous which it did happend from time to time in the fourm when someone did ask not a really safe advise in the fourm and we will tell them to stop and get someone qualifed to help that person.

Of course myself and few other are qualifed electricians so there is no Connires on this one.

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COMPLETELY AGREE!!

If those hacks are not getting sued NO ONE will.
Ah,, but the Home Depot folks are listed on their website as "Master Trades Person" . I wouldn't let one of them wire my home.
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I am on the same page as Speedy Pete.

And we do stick with the latest NEC or other codes that do apply to your area and we steer them right.

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Dumb question....Is the NEC you use in France the same NEC we have here in the US? Published by NFPA in Quincy, MA.
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Every single thread has a giant disclaimer on it...stating that advice COULD cause injury or death.
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The professional advice giving in this forum is always in line with the NEC. Those posters who don't want to follow the advice given usually have something added to the thread saying, "Well, that's not going to work so I'll just do it the way "they" told me at the store." Something along this line will put the burden of proof back to the DIY'er. The DIY'er also needs the skill to follow the advice.
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I know plenty qualified, licensed electricians that would not give advice on this forum. Then there are some that will. Be thankful for those that take time from their day and freely give out compliant advice at no charge. Are we hurting our own industry? Maybe. People are going to attempt to do this work anyway.
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French,
Dumb question....Is the NEC you use in France the same NEC we have here in the US? Published by NFPA in Quincy, MA.
He also works in the USA. In France, he works according to the ECF.
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French,
Dumb question....Is the NEC you use in France the same NEC we have here in the US? Published by NFPA in Quincy, MA.
I am glad you asked that question and no it is not a dumb question and most of the French codes are not the same as NEC is however there are some items we get it from NEC and some items in the USA side get from ECF so therefore it can get swapped around little.

But to pass the ECF is very tough { little more stricter than USA " Master " electrician liscense test }

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