Time limit for getting work inspected?
Get permits? Permits and fees keep your inspectors at work. Certain amount of cynicism involved in this statement but I give a lot of credit to the team here much as I love hate them at times.
If you are thinking of doing major work and then calling in the inspectors after having done it under cover of darkness? And then striking the permit?
And by the way, are you an electrician that can sign off on the work? I would suggest you talk with one before you get too far into this. In Illinois, you cannot, and should not, just do all the work yourself and then call in those who will have to sign off of on it and the inspectors when it is done. You will be walking into a nightmare.
The electricians I use on projects know what I can do and what I know better than to try to do on my own. They are so frightfully busy so don't care if I do wire runs, wire up outlets and switches and so forth. Just leave them hanging so they can quick check things if they want. Spending a little money with them early on saves so much aggravation and they have great ideas about better ways to do things. One hopes they are up on the code and since electrical is not my specialty I am not. They are known by the inspectors known to all of us in the business here. The electricians I use, of course, do all the hot connection work for me.
Could I hook wires to the subpanel even when hot? Snap breakers in place? Been bridging fuse boxes with antique, real copper pennies since I was a kid. Just kidding!
It is just not worth doing so myself and messing with the inspection process here anymore. Too costly in time and money. Just for an inspector to stick an outlet tester in a perfectly wired outlet here is up to like $25 each if it has not been signed off on by a real electrician.
Know your limits in this rewiring your house whether actually yours or placed on you.
The inspectors here are actually decent people. Of course they can be a little abrupt and nasty at times. The department is understaffed but they usually get out as quickly as they can to known quantities that have filed permits. They will even let you argue with them about fine points of things. Sneak up on em though? With a DIY wiring project at the very end? They will be checking every outlet and asking you to yank them out of the wall and definitely will be checking for connection flaws.
Last edited by sdsester; 12-22-2009 at 04:13 AM.