Argh... just spoke to the inspector and I'm more confused than before.
He made it sound like they want as much done as possible as long as they can
see the splices. Some of the items I didn't realize I should do before the
rough in inspection are...
- Hook up to the panel and leave the breakers off (they might turn them on
during roughin inspection if it seems safe)
- Complete all splices (in the fluorescent fixtures, pot lights, etc...)
...but, they want to be able to see the splices. I assume that they want to
see how the wire was stripped and look for nicks and ensure that the splices
are tight. What about the wire nuts I've put on all the splices? Should
they come off before the inspector shows up or will he take them off if
Since they want it as close to done as possible, will installing the wiring
onto the outlets and switches be an issue?
Doing the actual work wasn't difficult... I just don't know where they want
the progress for the rough in inspection. Can anyone clarify what to
If you have any doubt then you should go ahead and do the work. If you do
too much the worst that will probably happen to you is that you will have to
undo it. Explain to the inspector that you called on such and such a date
and spoke with such and such a person and asked them exactly what to do and
they didn't tell you not to do it. If you don't do enough you might waste
the inspector's time and require them to needlessly make an extra trip back
to re-inspect. This will result in delays to your project.
Hope this helps,
PS: I can already hear people responding not to go an inch ahead of where
you are suppose to be without inspection because it is "dangerous." As long
as there is no power running through the lines you are not endangering
anyone even if the work is atrocious and all wrong (no matter what anyone
I've decided to do all that I can do without covering up the wiring.
I'm not sure what he'll say about the wire nuts on the splices or having the
switches and outlets on the wire. I always use the side screw terminals and
not the push in connectors so he can still see the wiring if he likes. Same
with the wire nuts - they're easy to remove if need be.
The breakers will be off and marked, so there is no danger.
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