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Old 01-08-2008, 02:30 PM   #1
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New meter panel

I am replacing a 100A meter panel with an overhead feed to a 200A meter panel with an underground feed. Once P.G.&E. swaps over the power I'm going to temp in the existing panel from the new one until we start remodeling and install a 200A sub in the house and run all new circuits. Anyway I mounted the new panel, ran the new P.G.&E. conduit to the pole, drove the ground rod and grounded the panel. The county inspector came out to tag the panel and told me he wouldn't tag it until I installed a 20A GFCI convenience outlet below the panel. Why is this? P.G.&E. doesn't need it. They only need the panel to be grounded before they energize.


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Old 01-08-2008, 03:13 PM   #2
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I don't know but it would have been easier just to do it than debate it.


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Old 01-08-2008, 03:21 PM   #3
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Because you didn't contact the inspection authority prior to your installation for the requirements in your area.
That should have been FIRST on your list.
Just do it.
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Old 01-08-2008, 03:56 PM   #4
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Some of our county inspectors are wonderful men. Some of them are idiots. I often have conversations with myself weighing the pros and cons of arguement when it comes to the National Electric code and and common sense. 85% of the time I do what the 'spector wants, whether it is right or not.

On the other hand...This very well could be a requirement that the local jurisdiction has to provide temporary power for construction.

Any way you shake it, I'd install that sucker with a smile and an apology.

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