Howdy, Folks –
We’ve received a three-page letter from NEMA today calling us out on some language in our Residential SOP (and probably also our ComSOP) regarding a passage in our electrical section.
Here’s the passage in question:
I. The inspector shall inspect:
H. a representative number of switches, lighting fixtures and receptacles, including receptacles observed and deemed to be AFCI-protected during the inspection using an AFCI-tester, where possible.
The phrase that got NEMA’s attention (and subsequent request for amendment) is “AFCI tester.” They write:
The standard is unclear regarding the purpose of conducting a test using an “AFCI tester,” officially listed as an AFCI indicator. Is it to determine if an AFCI circuit breaker has been installed on a circuit that would require AFCI protection in accordance with the NEC, or is it to determine if the AFCI function of the circuit breaker is functioning? Neither of these purposes can be definitively determined using an “AFCI tester.” In fact, using an AFCI tester/indicator may yield confusing and conflicting results.
Here’s the link to the entire letter, for those who want to get the full context: http://www.nachi.org/documents/nema-internachi-april-2010.pdf
We have some ideas about how to fix this, but WE WANT YOUR INPUT!