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Old 01-01-2014, 11:28 PM   #16
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A slight side step I'd like to point out. It also eliminates a homeowner from pulling the permit, then hiring a handyman or brother in law to do the work to save money from hiring a licensed EC. On the face, this sounds alot like someone trying to fix their market, but this is actually a protection for the homeowner. What happens when the work is inspected, but a splice burns up and the home has a fire? Who does the homeowner or the insurance of the homeowner go after? Your brother in law won't have the insurance to cover the damage.

Again, this scenario still occurs on a daily basis, but the protection is in place.

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I'm against it because no one owns a home forever. It will be sold. ... When there is a problem with electrical, people can die.
Not only the people in the home burning who could die, but also the homes next door, not to mention firefighter lives.

However, I am for DIY work IF they pull a permit, and have it inspected. Those who don't pull permits should suffer big fines.

On another note, it seems as if many electrical inspectors (as opposed to HI - they know NOTHING) don't have a firm grasp on the Code, so why shouldn't EC's, and their Masters do inspections instead, having the City sign off on that, perhaps. I trust a Master Electrician a helluva lot more than I do EIs.

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