Originally Posted By: jmyers
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You are certainly misunderstanding me when you state there is nothing here to flag. I am not saying anything about code violations, I thought I had made that pretty clear.
As Joe F. stated the service cables go to the meter first, thus pulling the meter would de-energize the electric to the trough and the panels. Not as bad in my book but not an install without any concern.
If the trough is low enough for kids to tamper with, I would still flag it. My reasoning is a simple one. Kids are curious, place those little colored tags on the trough and it will soon disappear. A larger concern would be that they would start removing screws so they can explore the unknown. KIDS EXPLORE, its a given.
Having eight children I understand child behavior and the fact that parents, no matter whether they are good parents or bad parents can not watch children every minute of the day. There just is no way of knowing which will get curious or at what age.
If it were only adults moving in, I would simply give the client a warning that there is power in there unless the meter is pulled (even if they turn off the main breakers at the panels), just in case they would decide to follow the Bob Vila and the Big Orange trend that has come over many home owners in this DIY world.
I believe you when you state you would not flag this installation. I on the other hand would depending on the installation. I am not a NEC code enforcement official, I am there to keep my clients safe from those that would not know safe if it hit them in the face going 100 MPH.
I do it the simple way, I put it in writing. If someone else is willing to put it in writing that they defy my logic, I leave it go at that and move on. Certainly anyone that understands the codes, understands they are there to improve the safety of installations and no matter how hard you try, you just can not cover everything making them the minimum installation requirements.
I once read an inspector state they had a contractor that build homes according to code. Their response was, "how does it feel to build homes to the minimum standards"?