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Old 10-17-2008, 09:01 AM   #16
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One other soultion, though it seems ridiculous to me that you would have to do it other than wiring it as you wanted to in the first place, is to wire it as required, then add an X10 remote control unit. I can't understand what the reasoning is behind not being able to wire a switch into the closet in the first place. Any ideas on what would drive such a code restriction? It does answer a question I've often had as to why I have seen so many closets and laundry room with pull string lights versus switched. I thought it was to save money/time for the homeowner/electrician.

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I can't understand what the reasoning is behind not being able to wire a switch into the closet in the first place. Any ideas on what would drive such a code restriction? It does answer a question I've often had as to why I have seen so many closets and laundry room with pull string lights versus switched. I thought it was to save money/time for the homeowner/electrician.
Its not a violation, the inspector is misinformed.
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You know...there is just no figuring some inspectors. There is no great mystery to the NEC; the reasoning behind the regulations is grounded in common sense and an understanding of the cause and effect of electricity. I think some inspectors lose sight of that. Having said that, what great calamity (fire or safety) could possibly occur by having a wall switch in a closet?
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Yeah, you just have to love that "follow local juridiction" bit that makes the NEC a big paperweight.
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Everyone is so quick to call the inspector an "idiot" or "moron."

Has anyone actually checked local amendments that may require the switch to be located outside the closet?
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Everyone is so quick to call the inspector an "idiot" or "moron."

Has anyone actually checked local amendments that may require the switch to be located outside the closet?
Some of us know his local amendments.

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