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Old 04-27-2012, 07:01 PM   #1
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I'm in the final stages of a rough in.... three questions:

1) Do the feeds to the panel need to be in the panel but not connected or is it ok to just have them pulled over by the panel

2) I've got can lights in a drop ceiling - do I just staple the cable to the joist in the area the light will go and coil up the excess?

3) I have an outlet and a switch that I can't disconnect right now(sump pump and a stairway light) but these will be going on new circuits I pulled. Obviously I can't get the box ready, can I just pull the cable and have it there by the existing box? I thought about putting in a new box, but there really is no space for the outlet and we like where the switch is.

I'd call the inspector and ask his preference but it is a voicemail box that has been full for a week.

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Suggest calling a licensed Sparky and have them check your workmanship.

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Pull to the panel and connect to the ground and neutrals.
Staple the wire above the ceiling is fine for the cans.
Drop the new circuit next to the box and explain to the insepctor, should be fine.

Make all connections in the switch and receptacle boxs.
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Check out post #13 of this thread;

DIY Electrical work in New Jersey

Also, recess lights should be cut-in and do not install devices as the inspector will want to see the splices.
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Check out post #13 of this thread;

DIY Electrical work in New Jersey

Also, recess lights should be cut-in and do not install devices as the inspector will want to see the splices.
What does that link have to do with the OP. They live in Kentucky, not New Jersey. Rules are different everywhere.
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What does that link have to do with the OP. They live in Kentucky, not New Jersey. Rules are different everywhere.
An inspection is an inspection. DUH
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Suggest calling a licensed Sparky and have them check your workmanship.
Why?
I could see suggesting that if the person didn't sound confident,however a little guidance and a lot of reading most any one with common sense can accomplish almost any task he wishes.
We were born with common sense, not skill sets,those are learned.
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An inspection is an inspection. DUH
Again, not all areas are the same.
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Why?
I could see suggesting that if the person didn't sound confident,however a little guidance and a lot of reading most any one with common sense can accomplish almost any task he wishes.
We were born with common sense, not skill sets,those are learned.
If the OP does not know what is required, and wishes to pass the inspection without being the next hated person on the AHJ's list, that is why I suggested that they consult with a licensed professional electrician. Always better to be safe, then become "That Guy/Gal".

There is no way that some random Internet forum, with a bunch of random people from all over the world, are going to know exactly what is required for that person's area. Also, some parts of Kentucky, you can use duct tape and extension cords, and never see an inspector.
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Again, not all areas are the same.
Well I was only speaking from my 20+ years of inspecting and 36+ years as a professional electrician when I wrote that post. I also welcome any comments from any other professional electricians here as well.
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If the OP does not know what is required, and wishes to pass the inspection without being the next hated person on the AHJ's list, that is why I suggested that they consult with a licensed professional electrician. Always better to be safe, then become "That Guy/Gal".

There is no way that some random Internet forum, with a bunch of random people from all over the world, are going to know exactly what is required for that person's area. Also, some parts of Kentucky, you can use duct tape and extension cords, and never see an inspector.
an easy way to get around this is to simply ask the inspector what they would like to see at inspection. if the inspector is a tool and says 'it ain't my job to tell you what you need!', then it may be a good idea to hire a guy to take a look. if the inspector is cool, everything should be fine.
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an easy way to get around this is to simply ask the inspector what they would like to see at inspection. if the inspector is a tool and says 'it ain't my job to tell you what you need!', then it may be a good idea to hire a guy to take a look. if the inspector is cool, everything should be fine.
I agree. I always tried my best to accommodate the homeowner. They do vote for the people who hired me. I would rather spend five minutes on the phone instead of failing the job and have to return again. Unfortunately not all inspectors agree withy thinking.

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