I heard if you do electrical work in your own home, you need to get a permit
or inspection, or else it is illegel and would void your HO insurance.
Is this true? I have to call for an inspection for simply replacing a light
switch, or replacing a receptacle with a GFCI?
Nobody on this newsgroup can complete answer your questions.
Phone your local government, talk with the inspectors and get
precise answers that apply for your community. It is a painless
process. I phoned just this Monday and discussed about 10
potential permit issues with one of our inspectors. Nobody is
going to trace your phone call and put your name in a ledger. :)
Zoning situations can vary tremendously. For example:
- One friend of mine lives 10 miles away and he can completely
rewire his entire house without a permit or inspection. He
can tear out and replace the service panel "on his own." In
fact, he has never even contacted the power company since
he just pulls the meter when he is doing major wiring. (note:
power companies severely frown upon that practice).
- I can legally replace my service panel, but I need a permit and
inspection of the work after it is complete and before the power
is turned back on.
- A friend 2 miles away must hire a licensed electrician to
replace the service panel. The homeowner can't do any of the
service panel replacement himself, unless you count signing the
check. (about $1400 in our area for an average replacement).
Talk with your inspectors. You can learn a lot about the process,
and you can often get some good, free advise on various aspects
of a project.
It varies from location to location, but in nearly all cases simply
changing devices (switch / outlet / light fixture) in an existing box
location are excluded from permit requirements. Call your local building
department and ask to be sure.
You must have missed the part where he asked about "simply replacing a
switch, or replacing a receptacle with a GFCI".
The answer is, "NO, you don't need any stinking inspection."
Not "Depends on where you live".
I dont agree with your advice at all. I think there are a lot of
variables that the OP hasnt stated clearly. What is his/her deffinition
of a "home". If it was his own single family residence, and he is the
owner on record, you may be correct. If it is a condo or other multiple
family residense, your advice could very well be in error. The smart
reply would be to ask for more info, or call the city. Our city even
has a web page where you can check on line what can and can not be done
without a permit. It appears to me you just want to bother people and
you dont care about the ramifications of the advice you spit out.
It's obvious you wanted to join the fellowship of fools, fool.
Feel better now, fool?
BTW, would you suggest somebody pull a permit to replace a switch and
(let's make it even more offical).
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