The new Texas SoP changes the required reporting regarding AFCI’s. The document specifies reporting:
[FONT=Arial]size=2 the lack of arc-fault circuit interrupting devices serving family rooms, dining rooms, living
rooms, parlors, libraries, dens, bedrooms, sunrooms, recreations rooms, closets, hallways, or similar
rooms or areas;
Yet we are not required to operate these AFCI if the property is occupied, nor are we required to verify proper labeling.
My main question with this is regarding this placement of AFCIs. I do many new houses around here and have NEVER seen AFCIs located on circuits other than bedrooms and smokes. If I read this requirement correctly it is basically calling for AFCI on ALL outlet and switch circuits? I have never seen that. Which suggests that state and local building codes, even for brand new construction right now, do not require this and are not enforcing this.
So what is the point in having to put this as deficient on EVERY report from an inspector? What purpose will this serve other than confusing and scaring clients?