Electrical panel & breakers 

I. The inspector shall inspect:

 

1.    the service drop;

2.    the overhead service conductors and attachment point;

3.    the service head, gooseneck and drip loops;

4.    the service mast, service conduit and raceway;

5.    the electric meter and base;

6.    service-entrance conductors;

7.    the main service disconnect;

8.    panelboards and over-current protection devices (circuit breakers and fuses);

9.    service grounding and bonding;

10. a representative number of switches, lighting fixtures and receptacles, including receptacles observed and deemed to be arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI)-protected using the AFCI test button, where possible;

11. all ground-fault circuit interrupter receptacles and circuit breakers observed and deemed to be GFCIs using a GFCI tester, where possible; and

12. smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors.

II. The inspector shall describe:

1.    the main service disconnect’s amperage rating, if labeled; and

2.    the type of wiring observed.

III. The inspector shall report as in need of correction:

1.    deficiencies in the integrity of the service-entrance conductors’ insulation, drip loop, and vertical clearances from grade and roofs;

2.    any unused circuit-breaker panel opening that was not filled;

3.    the presence of solid conductor aluminum branch-circuit wiring, if readily visible;

4.    any tested receptacle in which power was not present, polarity was incorrect, the cover was not in place, the GFCI devices were not properly installed or did not operate properly, evidence of arcing or excessive heat, and where the receptacle was not grounded or was not secured to the wall; and

5.    the absence of smoke detectors.

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