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Mike Sokol

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Code Clusters
« on: January 09, 2014, 11:16:23 am »

Just when you think you've seen it all, a bunch of new electrical code violations are discovered. This is  a list of favorite code fails in EC&M Magazine. At the bottom of each text keep clicking on the "See the Next Violation" link for continued fun. And please reference any of these fails here for a thread discussion.

http://ecmweb.com/nec/return-code-clusters-more-worst-worst#node-39761?NL=ECM-01&Issue=ECM-01_20140109_ECM-01_50&YM_RID=mike@noshockzone.org&YM_MID=1442034&sfvc4enews=42&cl=article_2

 
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Re: Code Clusters
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2014, 01:27:39 pm »

I like the splice in a bottle.  Reminded me of the power supply to the shed in my last house.

A few months after moving in, I noticed the lights flickering then after a while the trip would cut out.

Eventually I dug up the cable.  It was ordinary three core cable with solid copper conductors as used internally.  About ten feet away from the shed, there was a join.  The wires were just twisted together, wrapped up in insulating tape and buried in the ground!


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Re: Code Clusters
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2014, 08:03:39 pm »

I like the splice in a bottle.  Reminded me of the power supply to the shed in my last house.

Yes, I liked the splice in the bottle a lot. Fits right in with the timer in the deli meat container. Yummy...

http://ecmweb.com/violations/return-code-clusters-not-just-food-anymore

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Re: Code Clusters
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2014, 08:45:26 pm »

Ziploc containers aren't UL Listed-tell me it ain't so!

Not sure I agree with the duct taped meter base though-depending on how recent the drive by was.  I am still waiting for a special order on a meter base assembly-60 days later.  Yes, you could do the whole assembly-if you can find one quick-but I'm not gonna throw one in and try to squeeze that kind of money out of a customer for an unplanned repair.  I suppose you could disconnect until parts arrive-but the duct tape might be the least evil option-unless someone has a better temp fix?   

Besides the code violations, the boxes zip tied to the trees just looks tacky-especially given the surrounding landscaping!  Wouldn't want my name on that job-or even want to park my company vehicle close by for that matter.
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Re: Code Clusters
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2014, 08:39:38 am »


Besides the code violations, the boxes zip tied to the trees just looks tacky-especially given the surrounding landscaping!  Wouldn't want my name on that job-or even want to park my company vehicle close by for that matter.
I think the caption said Boston Mass. If that's the case, I can guarantee it was city electricians that did that one.
And agreed - it looks like turd.
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Re: Code Clusters
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2014, 09:19:30 am »

I am always impressed with how clever idiots are.
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Re: Code Clusters
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2014, 09:51:31 pm »

I am always impressed with how clever idiots are.

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Re: Code Clusters
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2014, 06:34:48 pm »

More Code Clusters Part 3 from EC&M Magazine:

http://ecmweb.com/violations/code-clusters-3-we-dont-need-any-stinking-boxes

Enjoy... ;D
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Re: Code Clusters
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2014, 10:15:21 pm »

The ampacity rating on the "thinwall" fuses is a really nice touch.

I have seen more than one overload relay installed where the NC contacts that open on an overload are not wired in series with the coil of the magnetic contactor-in some cases where I knew a licensed electrician had installed it.  They simply hd no clue how to hook them up.  Incorrectly wired they are as useful as a contactor with bypassed thermal units!

If only I had to log on to ecmweb to come across this kind of stuff!
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Re: Code Clusters
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2014, 11:30:55 pm »

Regarding No Room for Growth the only concern would be when the zip ties break, though likely the tree will grow around them. Trees don't grow "upwards" like most people think - essentially branches at the top grow together, but if you put a mark in the tree at 4 feet up (or it grows around a fence board, or whatnot), that will still be 4 feet off the ground 20 years from now.

I'm not saying what they did there was right, but EC&M's concern for the tree growing up and taking the box with it are unfounded.

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