Originally Posted by Billy_Bob
That is a good question.
There also used to be 2 lane highways, then they replaced many of them with divided highways. Cars did not have air bags.
And in the 60's, homes had 2 prong outlets, no GFCI outlets, and no smoke detectors. Many people lived in those homes and never had any problems...
...however MANY other people were electrocuted or died in electrical fires.
We learn from these accidents. Then take steps to make things safer.
So IF everything electrical would ALWAYS function properly. And EVERYTHING powered by electricity always functioned properly. And all electrical circuits were ALWAYS 100% intact and connected. Then many electrical code rules would not be needed.
But we live in the real world and things happen to dangerously damage electrical circuits and electrical devices.
As it turns out, there are some *very* smart people out there who have been able to design things so we are still safe even when an electrical malfunction happens.
Ground wires get cut.
Neutral wires come loose.
Someone digs a trench and cuts an electrical line.
Someone drills a hole in a wall and cuts an electrical wire.
These things happen everyday! But when they do happen, an up to code electrical system will assure you that you and your family are still safe!
Not the case with older electrical systems.
Basically it is the case of there being a problem. Then doing something about it to reduce or eliminate those problems in the future.
As to why this is being addressed now and not a long time ago... Well once upon a time there was just one main electrical panel in a home. One outlet per room. No need for any subpanels.
Now everybody and their brother has a subpanel to power all those electrical gadgets.
Safety problems with subpanels have been noted and corrected.
Something new to come along will be electric vehicles. I imagine there will be problems with that too. If there are, then changes to the code will be made to make it safer. If no problems, then no need for any changes.
Simple as that!
Well said sir.....well said.
To the OP:
You have 100ish posts now telling you that the THREE people you talked to are wrong. Assuming some people on here only have one post and some have 5 or 6....say 3 each....so 33 or so people telling you that they are WRONG.
Why do you insist on finding someone on here to agree with the three people that you know?? What's the difference? Who cares what we think? As far as that goes, who cares what your 3 locals say or think?
Why don't ya just do it however you want to...or leave it however you want to.....and go on with life? It's YOUR house.
Why do you keep asking and trying to find a round-about way of justifying your improper installation?
I can understand wanting to understand why something is the way it is. But multiple people have explained it to you...some with detailed diagrams (BTW, good job Stubbie
). But you seem to be fishing REALLLLLLY hard for a justification for the way you did this project, however wrong it may be.