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Old 03-18-2008, 04:19 PM   #16
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That's what I was thinking. How can they hang drywall with all of the devices connected? Here, in central MD, the POCO will put the meter on after the rough inspection with a single outlet next to the breaker box for construction use (at least for new homes).

The utilities around here could care less about the wiring, if the meter base is installed, they will put in the meter. They do test it first with a test meter to make sure nothings shorted and then they just slap in a meter. As an electrical contractor we are allowed to pull the meters also. No need to call them beforehand, just have to call them when we're done so that can put their seal back on. It used to be more restrictive, but they are shorthanded and don't have the people to spare for the little things anymore. It really makes it nice now that we don't have to wait around for them to show up anymore. Oh, and we're allowed to splice the overheads also. We use split bolts and then when they have the time, they come and crimp their connectors on.

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The utilities around here could care less about the wiring, if the meter base is installed, they will put in the meter. They do test it first with a test meter to make sure nothings shorted and then they just slap in a meter. As an electrical contractor we are allowed to pull the meters also. No need to call them beforehand, just have to call them when we're done so that can put their seal back on. It used to be more restrictive, but they are shorthanded and don't have the people to spare for the little things anymore. It really makes it nice now that we don't have to wait around for them to show up anymore. Oh, and we're allowed to splice the overheads also. We use split bolts and then when they have the time, they come and crimp their connectors on.
I guess that's true. As long as the Main panel is set, and the main breaker installed, why should the POCO care what is installed after that.
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I spoke to my local inspector today. He told me to go ahead and connect everything except for the breaker box. Will i be disconnecting the outlets when the drywall is completed? I read some strong opinions on here about that.
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Old 03-18-2008, 08:45 PM   #19
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You misunderstood him. IMO you would never install the receptacles and switches before drywall then go back and remove them for the drywallers. You tuck all the wires back into the boxes so the drywallers dont cut up the wires. Then when the drywall is up you install your devices. Even the ceiling fixtures need to wait for finish before going in.

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