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Old 05-14-2013, 01:14 PM   #1
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I am doing a 600 sq ft basement finishing job that I pulled permits for. There is a rough in electrical inspection and a final. I just have a few questions for the rough-in inspection.

What do they typical expect as far as installing the breaker and the wire that goes into the panel box? Do I put the breaker in and just not hook it up or leave the wire curled up outside of the box?

I also have a bunch of HALO recessed lights installed....can I strip and install the wires in the little easy hook-up connectors that you just push the bare wire into? Or should I just leave the wire not-connected?

I also have a sub-panel 100AMP box installed in the garage off the main panel in the house (previous work). The electrician just installed the 100AMP wire to the bottom of the joists (I only have 7 inch nominal joists and putting a hole big enough in them for that big of a wire would have weakened them). Is this going to be a problem during the inspection?

Thanks for all the tips. Any help you can provide would be great.

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Please refer to post #13 in this thread. This is what I like. Your EI may be different.

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The idea of a rough inspection is, to catch and fix any mistakes that would be hard to correct after drywall goes up. So really what matters most is stapling, drilling, securing boxes to studs, pulling the right kinds of wire into boxes with enough free length, etc. Anything that can still be fixed after drywall goes up probably doesn't need to be done on rough. So generally, devices and breakers are not installed.

Every inspector is different, but I might suggest making up the ground connections in the wall boxes and in the panel. The reason some (not all) inspectors like to see grounds made up on rough, is it's hard to see them once the switches and receptacles are in the box. (Especially for metal boxes that have to be bonded via the ground wire.)
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Your local inspector will tell you exactly what they want to see. This is an open wall inspection and primarily to see if wire is sized correctly secured as needed and stud plates where needed.
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Thanks for the tips. I will have to give the electrical inspector a call to get some details on what he wants.

As far as putting a new wire for a circuit in a panel....does it matter if I use a side knockout or one of the top knock outs? All my wires now come in the top but it would be easier to use a side one for these circuits.
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Side knockouts are unusual because there's usually a stud there, but nothing prevents you from using one for branch circuits (feeders have some limitations on bending them).

Try to pick a knockout that won't be right on top of a neutral or ground bus.

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