If you are having work done and have a permit, they why can't the
inspector inspect it before it's covered up? Not much different than
the wiring that gets sheetrock put up over it, after which no one can
see it either.
They can and are doing that already. In fact, IMO, not having an
approved and easy way to do a splice that can be covered up is exactly
what leads to the above. Like in the OP case, I wouldn't be surprised
to find that they decide to just do an illegal splice, without any box,
protection, etc., because the only legal way can be a major PIA. In
many cases, it's not like it;s $5 and half an hour more work. And I
fail to see the overwhelming need to have the box accessible.
No problem, I'm fine with that. Leave it available to be seen by the
inspector. Once it passes, then cover it up, just like the cover
plates go on everything else. What's the safety problem with that?
Chuckle. I found a butt splice buried in the wall when I rewired my
bathroom. Grounded romex feeding 2-wire. (at least he used shielded
connectors under the tape.) Previous homeowner twit had hung the counter
outlet off the switched fan/medicine cabinet circuit. (Via an open top box
in the attic, with loose wire nuts and no strain reliefs, but I digress...)
Ungrounded GFCI, which I dislike on principle. I got lucky, and was able to
fish a fresh feed from an underutilized outlet string in the bedroom next
door. (Lucky, because with the low overhead in the attic, and the old hard
lumber, drilling a new hole to fish a wire from above was not an option.)
I'll likely be finding and fixing stupid stuff this guy did until I sell
this place in a few years. Fully half the grounded outlets were wired
And, don't 'fess up on having done anything yourself when you do go to sell
it (or if it burns down first(not to say that you are doing anything wrong
at all) )! Unless you pulled a permit, and have ALL your work inspected, or
are licensed, the insurance company will cite you as the cause of the fire.
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