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Old 09-26-2008, 03:31 PM   #1
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[FONT='Arial','sans-serif']I'm planning to add a second light fitting to the existing one in my garage. I intend to connect this new second unit to the original one in parallel using 14 g Romex cable run in the attic.[/FONT]
[FONT='Arial','sans-serif']I'm new to Eletrical installations like this but have fitted fans and light fittings so feel confident to do this work. [/FONT]
[FONT='Arial','sans-serif']Will I need a Permit ? and where do I obtain one ?[/FONT]
[FONT='Arial','sans-serif']Thanks,[/FONT]
[FONT='Arial','sans-serif']Dave[/FONT]

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I'm sure others will chime in shortly...but that type of thing in my area wouldn't. To be certain you could/should contact your local permitting office.

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It can't hurt to ask your local inspector. When I was adding a small sub panel to my attached garage for a workshop I filled out the permit information and the inspector returned it. He said the materials for the job were not enough to warrant a permit. I didn't need one. He did suggest I have an underwriter (independent inspector) check out the work and put a tag on the panel to certify that it was inspected.
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Yes, in any jurisdiction under the International Code, you'd need a permit.

Per the IRC Section R105/Electrical:

Permits are required to:

....erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert, or replace any electrical...

It sounds silly to some, but many many many people do not correctly install light fixtures. Heck, many electricians don't correctly install them on a very regular basis!

The best thing to do is ask the local inspector. He/she will let you know if they want you to pull a permit.
I can't belive the negligence of the inspector in borninpa's area...A subpanel should always be inspected...There's just too much that can be done wrong and dangerously.

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Heck, many electricians don't correctly install them on a very regular basis!
The scary thing is what ive found several years after an INSPECTED remodel was complete on my house.

exposed junction boxes, 14 awg on 20 ampere circuit....wrong connectors...40 amp breaker with 10 awg wire...etc.
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The scary thing is what ive found several years after an INSPECTED remodel was complete on my house.

exposed junction boxes, 14 awg on 20 ampere circuit....wrong connectors...40 amp breaker with 10 awg wire...etc.
There are hacks in every trade, and there are certainly worthless inspectors just like there are worthless electricians.

But honestly, the inspector shares the responsibility with the lousy contractor that you hired.

Also, junction boxes are required to be exposed/accessible.
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. Also, junction boxes are required to be exposed/accessible.
I know that, what I ment was that the box diddn't have a cover.

The electricians were from metro electric (if you ever heard of them) and thompson electric (I think they are local to my area though) Anyways, they are all union I think. Ive fixed the major problems, Now I have to deal with voltage drop in 2 rooms, looks like an easy fix for the worst room, when a 12 amp load is pulled, the voltage drops from 123 to 110.
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Check with your city, they will decide what must be inspected and what doesn't. If it doesn't you still have to do it right of course.

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