Electrical Repair Questions? Ask an Electrician for Answers ASAP
A Master Electrician here to help. I am a double qualified; USA & UK electrician. Please give me a moment to formulate a reply.
The first thing to remember is that Home Inspectors are really quite dumb.
Now there are places you cannot install this panel but what you have described is not any of them
he says that there cannot be a wall to the left or right with in 3 feet or door open? I installed a 200 amp breaker box outside with in 3 feet of a window is there any thing wrong with that? I think a meterbox is not to be installed within 3 feet is that right?
Can you give me a page number in the NEC book to show him on this ?
The riser may not be within 3ft of a window the panel is fine as long as it is 4 inches off the door frame. Regarding the panel it must have clear access for it's entire width and 3 ft out. That's all.
I cannot give you an NEC reference to that which does not exist. it is his responsibility to give you this reference that states you MAY NOT !
basically he pays up or shuts up
Riser you calling is my pipe to my weather head?
So the only thing that you can find in the book on this is 4 inches off a door way? There is nothing on 3 feet or a wall within 3 feet right?
Is the ground number 4 bare suppost to run from the meter box down through the breaker box and down to the ground rod?
That is correct except as I stated 3ft clear access, and he needs to show the opposite by quoting a code reference, however if you feel more comfortable I could pass you over to a REAL electrical Inspector (not a wanna be home inspector)
It can do
from meter to ground rod or from panel to ground rod, not both
One man from the power co here wants it that way ane the next man wants something different?
Power co's can be a pain, both are acceptable so go with what they want
Just remember that from either the meter OR the main panel to the grounding system
grounding can get a little complicated
Your eletrical inspector can he give me a page or anything different on this to help get this guy straight?
How can you get a page for that which does not exist/
I can hand the question over to him if you chose ?
Do you put all you ground wires on one side of the breaker box and neutrals on the other side ? Like you said they are dumb trying to change him is the thing so I will get him to show me. I am waiting on a inspection right now.
That is NOT necessary on the main panel.
It is good practice BUT if this main panel is the first means of disconnect ( no disconnect between it and the meter) then you do NOT need to. In facy it is the opposite. Both sides must be bonded together
So they look good on opposite sides but it is not needed.
Every other panel it needs to be this way but NOT the main panel
where are you located that you are getting an inspection at this time?
Grounding question If you have soild rock down at 2 foot ca I dig down and lay my groung rod flat down to be buried two foot down and be all right?
this inspecter wante a gfi breaker on a line and at the plugs on the same line a gfi plug it cant work can it?
Code states that if you cannot obtain a resistance of at least 25 ohms to ground (very hard to measure) then you should add a second ground rod. there are no other obligations, not even to reach the 25 ohms.
I am afraid you are far surpassing the amount of questions you originally posed and what I am prepared to answer for the price.
Also I don't understand your last question.
I HAD A BOAT DOCK AND THE WIRE RUNNING DOWN TO IT, HE WANTED A GFI BREAKER ON THIS WIRE AND GFI PLUGS AT THE BOAT DOCK WILL THEY WORK ON THE SAME LINE?
tHANKS SIR SPARKS
He is a typical Home inspector
Now one thing here
The Work space for the panel must be 30 inches
IS 30 INCHES ON BOTH SIDES OR JUST IN FRONT OF THE BOX?
that means 15 inches either side of the center of the panel so it may extend out a little more than the width of the panel
In front of the box is 36 inches
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One last thing. You are VERY correct adding a GFCI to another GFCI is plain silly
it will cause cascading trips
your Home Inspector is not too bright
THATS A GOOD ONE
remember when he quotes BS ask him for the NEC BS reference.
i SURE WILL , i WILL COPY THIS AND ACCEPT IN JUST A MINUTE
OK thanks Have a good one.