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Old 03-14-2013, 05:45 PM   #1
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So I just had an inspection this morning. I was a little nervous since it was really the first time I did this much electrical work myself.

It went well, however he said he did have come back to check on a few things once I have corrected them.

Now that I have had time to really look at the few issues, I am wondering if they were issued at all. As I said, I was nervous so I didn't question anything he was saying to me, I guess in fear he would question more and more if I prodded.

So here were the minor issues.

1. Need larger staple for the 10 gauge wire for dryer.
2. Only one staple should be used per wire on some of the outlets.
3. He mentioned the one 3-way switch in the bathroom was not right.
4. The gangable boxes were not mounted correctly and would have to be replaced.

I have attached a few pictures and would like some feedback.

1. It says on the box for the staples that it allows for a 10/3. That should have been OK I would assume.

2. There is a photo of the staple on two 14/2 wires. Is this not OK? Again, on the box it says it allows for two 14/2 wires.

3. This was one I didn't want to question and at the time, I really didn't think of it, but he said that the switch didn't have a source of power coming into it...neither did the other switch. But looking it over after, I remembered that I ran the source of power through the light in a deeper box. Then ran 14/3's to each switch. Would that not be right?

4. The only one I am not really sure of and cannot find anything on it is the use of gangable boxes. I have these in a few spots as you can see in the photo. Is this wrong?

Thanks for any tips.
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Plaster ears on the gangable are problematic and the box should stand proud of the stud to about the thickness of the wall finish. How are they mounted?

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flat cables must be stapled flat, not on edge like in the picture. (cable closer to the stud,) staples do appear to be rated for 10/3, did inspector see bucket?
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Plaster ears on the gangable are problematic and the box should stand proud of the stud to about the thickness of the wall finish. How are they mounted?
Mounted on the inside.
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flat cables must be stapled flat, not on edge like in the picture. (cable closer to the stud,) staples do appear to be rated for 10/3, did inspector see bucket?
I guess the one in the picture is twisted a bit, but I know others are flat like you said. So, other than the one twisted, is it ok to have 2 on one staple? Inspector said that the wire coming through the hold is support enough....no need to have it stapled.

He didn't see the box. In fact, I assumed he was right since it was an S2. Again, didn't question anything.

I may call back tomorrow to question the reported issues. Still may have to do another inspection, but it's a bit of a pain, nonetheless.
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Are you in the US, I have never seen NM cable with a red jacket?

Use plastic nail on boxes.
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Are you in the US, I have never seen NM cable with a red jacket?

Use plastic nail on boxes.
In Canada. It's orange. Looks red in the photo I guess.
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I guess the one in the picture is twisted a bit, but I know others are flat like you said. So, other than the one twisted, is it ok to have 2 on one staple? Inspector said that the wire coming through the hold is support enough....no need to have it stapled.

He didn't see the box. In fact, I assumed he was right since it was an S2. Again, didn't question anything.

I may call back tomorrow to question the reported issues. Still may have to do another inspection, but it's a bit of a pain, nonetheless.
I've always been told that two under one staple is fine. But I don't know how the inspector would feel about it....
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You have old work boxes and you need new work boxes.

With metal boxes the ground must be bonded to the box.
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How do you expect to install drywall with boxes like that?
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I would have also written you up on bending radius of the cable.
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ESA does not like two cables under one staple. If can prove the staple is rated for two you might get away with it.
The staple holding the #10 is not hammered in up the small ears. If it was it would be deforming the cable thus it is probably the wrong staple. Staples have a rating for the cable they are designed for.

If you check this link you will see there are 4 different sizes of staples for this manufacturer.

https://west.nedco.ca/medias/sys_mas...35172_4_en.pdf
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Are you in the US, I have never seen NM cable with a red jacket?

Use plastic nail on boxes.
#10 from Southwire has been Orange for some time.
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Picture #3 has about 3 problems right off the bat that is probably the first thing that jumped out at the inspector, then it went downhill from there.
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Picture #3 has about 3 problems right off the bat that is probably the first thing that jumped out at the inspector, then it went downhill from there.
I took that specific photo because that is the one where he said replace the box. That and a similar one. The rest were ok.

What are the 3 issues if you don't mind me asking?

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