Originally Posted By: pdacey
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535.230 Inspection Guidelines for Electrical Systems.
(a)Service entrance panels. The inspector shall:
(5) inspect and report as in need of repair deficiencies in the type and condition of the wiring in the panels
, in the compatibility of overcurrent protectors for the size of conductor etc…, etc…
An inspector should know how to remove the covers properly and safely. One should also use a voltage sniffer before touching anything that has the possibility of giving you a shocking
The SOP also has a departure provision which states:
"An inspector shall exclude from the inspection any part, component or system which the inspector is not competent or qualified to inspect."
You may also exclude from the inspection any part, component or system that the client has agreed is not to be inspected.
If you are uncomfortable with removing the cover then DON'T. The same holds true for going on the roof. Just make sure the client is aware of the fact that you did not take off the dead fronts. Not informing the client may lead to some legal issues if a problem arises from something inside the panel that you didn't see.
TREC # 6636