I have read through some forum threads on this topic and am still unclear: internachi SOPs say we are not required to remove the cover of a dead panel, it seems that inspectors routinely do exactly that, to report on grounding, bonding, double lugging etc. Are we required to evaluate whether wires are correctly sized for their breakers? Even though I have quite a bit of experience with wiring, I cant reliably distinguish between 12g and 14g at just a glance. Sometimes my guess on wire gauge is wrong.
Does this written standard for Oregon require removal of a dead front, overriding the internachi SOP??
9812-008-0209Electrical(1) The Oregon certified home inspector shall observe: b) Service equipment, grounding equipment, main overcurrent device, and distribution panels
- The Oregon certified home inspector is not required to © Dismantle any electrical device or control other than to remove the covers of the main or auxiliary distribution panels;
Does internachi recommend removing a dead front or not? Does the wording of my state standard require it? Does removal of the dead front mean that an inspector accepts liability for any missed defects? If I remove a dead front am I required to test for 12g vs 14g wiring inside and match the correct breaker size? If I don’t remove a dead front am I liable for not seeing defects inside the panel?