Originally Posted By: jmyers
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Just so happens on several occasions I have opened some of those cans and what I found in those cases really astounded me.
I remember one, where the second can was providing off peak power to the water heater, supposedly at a reduced rate. I will say it was reduced, like free. Apparently, the guy took off the cover and knobbed the taped the wires together with some split bolt connectors. Nothing like free electricity. ![icon_biggrin.gif](upload://iKNGSw3qcRIEmXySa8gItY6Gczg.gif) Of course I advised everyone, including the owner and agents that was they were stealing electricity and it should be fixed before they got into "real" hot water.
The other was pretty much the same, two meter cans, one providing off peak power to a water heater. Only the guy that installed this one made a real big boo boo, he double lugged the load side on the first can to the line side of the second can. Nothing like paying for power twice. Upon notification, the owners reported the thought their electric bill was higher than it used to be. Apparently, this was only done a few months before I found it and once I told them, they disclosed their bill was higher now than it was before. Didn't make much sense to them, it was supposed to reduce their electric bill, not increase it. Now they know why! ![icon_biggrin.gif](upload://iKNGSw3qcRIEmXySa8gItY6Gczg.gif)
Here in PA, the meter can and panel must have an inspection label attached before the power company will put power to the system. If those guys are putting stickers on these and saying they are ok, I would need to supporting evidence that their allowing these installations is either illegal or unsafe. Certainly you could understand losing the UL listing on those lugs would justify not allowing this installation.
Ultimately, it would come down to the AHJ, if they say it is ok, I can't do much about it other than report it has the potential to cause problems since it would lose the UL listings. That really only benefits the insurance company though, not the owner. At that point the insurance companies pretty much wash their hands of it, claiming the owners need to contact the electrical contractor to make a claim to their insurance company, after their house burns down.
Pretty much sucks any way you look at it!
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