The inspector came by yesterday and was satisfied (whew!). Thanks to
everyone who answered my questions about what a rough inspection looks
like, and how to connect eight grounds in a box.
For the rough inspection, he didn't want the devices connected but he did
want to see the wires in the box joined together, with pigtails ready to
be attached to the devices. Luckily I had a couple of boxes with devices
attached and he approved the way I was doing things based on those examples.
For the eight-ground problem, where I had two switches each feeding two pot
lights, he made three observations:
- There does not need to be a ground pigtail to a switch. That eliminates
two of the ground wires I was worried about.
- He said that with the type of boxes I am using, which have a raised lip
on either side of each grounding screw, I can attach two wires to each
screw -- one on either side, passing straight through (not wrapped
around the screw). The lip ensures they'll stay put. With two ganged boxes,
that gives me eight grounding points and I don't need a cap at all.
- Contrary the guide I was following, he said that it was not necessary to
run one wire to both ganged boxes. These are metal boxes attached together
with two screws (the kind where you can remove the side plates) and the
mechanical connection between them provides enough conductivity.
Regarding protection for cables that come out of a 3-inch box attached to a
nominal 2x4 stud, he said I didn't need the plates I had attached.
As for my choice of layout, he showed no concern at all.
The whole thing was pretty quick -- I think he has a busy schedule.
Thanks again for the responses and the moral support.
"For it is only of the new one grows tired. Of the old one never tires."
-- Kierkegaard, _Repetition_
James Owens, Ottawa, Canada