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Electrical Inspection

With my experience as an electrical expert on personal injuries with a law firm and having worked as an electrical inspector, I truly see the need for a workbook such as this.

The big problem today that I see in the industry, in some cases we have complex decisions being made by people with little or no training and possibly no understanding of the implications of their decisions.

The complexity of the technology and the codes change rapidly and requires a higher skill level.

The inspector should be one of the most highly skilled professionals in the construction industry. Often he must possess the knowledge of an engineer, educator, business consultant, etc.

At a time when the country is experiencing its greatest need for highly competent inspectors, local government budget cuts are pushing some inspectors to becoming "the jack-of-all-trades", master of none.

"Inspection requirements vary in different areas of the country. Some areas require an inspection of the water system before you can take occupancy. Other areas require a termite inspection before the sale of the property. While other areas may require an inspection of the foundation or roof, etc. The most important inspection for safety, an electrical inspection, is not even required in some areas of the country! Have you ever read in a newspaper where water started a fire? Has your local newspaper ever contained an article where a termite caused an electrocution? Electricity has been known to start fires and electrocute people.

Our society is becoming more litigious, and the decisions the inspector makes will be examined more closely. Municipalities that cut inspection corners will pay the price down the road, either in more fires or in lawsuits. Insurance companies have made several recent attempts to sue citing failure to properly inspect buildings for hazards.

To survive in an era when voters demand more government services for less money, today inspectors must be much more than code enforcers. They must prove their value to the community. They must be seen as partners and consultants in fire and accident prevention. The inspector's job is to keep the community's assets intact, to ensure continuity of operations.

The inspector is a consultant who's already been paid for. Would you hire yourself, and would you get your money's worth? If not, you can expect the community to turn elsewhere.

Author - Electrical Inspection Workbook


UNDERGROUND INSPECTION: To be made after trenches or ditches are excavated, conduit or cable installed, and before any backfill is put in place. Code Table 300-5 minimum burial depths will be referenced during this inspection.

ROUGH-IN INSPECTION: To be made after the roof, framing, fireblocking and bracing is in place and prior to the installation of wall or ceiling membranes. The rough-in inspection must be inspected very carefully as the wiring system within the walls will later be concealed.

FINAL INSPECTION: To be made after the building is complete, all required electrical fixtures are in place and properly connected or protected, and the structure is ready for occupancy.


The authority having jurisdiction is inspectors employed by a government agency (federal, state, county, city) which has authority to enforce local ordinances and code regulations concerning product installations. The authority having jurisdiction has the responsibility for (1) making interpretations of the rules, (2) deciding upon the approval of equipment and materials, and (3) granting the special permission contemplated in a number of the rules.

The word approved rather than listed allows the inspector to impose even stricter requirements where warranted. Approved, means acceptable to the inspector.

Identified means generally recognizable as suitable for the application. It does not mean listed, but it could be. All products listed for a particular application are necessarily identified for that use. But, not all products identified for a particular use have been specifically listed.


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