If it does not look Right!
Wenatchee Home Inspections
I teach several home buyer’s classes every year to prospective new home buyers. One thing I tell them is when they are looking at homes if something does not look right more times than not it isn’t.
Here is an example that most people when they look at it would say, yeah that is probably not right and of course they would be correct.
From the 2014 NEC
From ARTICLE 334 Nonmetallic-Sheathed Cable (Types NM, NMC, and NMS) or what most people refer to as Romex.
334.15 Exposed Work
In exposed work, except as provided in 300.11(A), cable shall be installed as specified in 334.15(A) through (C).
(A) To Follow Surface.
Cable shall closely follow the surface of the building finish or of running boards.
(B) Protection from Physical Damage.
Cable shall be protected from physical damage where necessary by rigid metal conduit, intermediate metal conduit, electrical metallic tubing, Schedule 80 PVC conduit, Type RTRC marked with the suffix -XW, or other approved means. Where passing through a floor, the cable shall be enclosed in rigid metal conduit, intermediate metal conduit, electrical metallic tubing, Schedule 80 PVC conduit, Type RTRC marked with the suffix -XW, or other approved means extending at least 150 mm (6 in.) above the floor.
Type NMC cable installed in shallow chases or grooves in masonry, concrete, or adobe shall be protected in accordance with the requirements in 300.4(F) and covered with plaster, adobe, or similar finish.
As you can see this does not meet the requirement for protection. Let alone performed in a workmanlike manner.
“An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.”
Orlando Aloysius Battista
If you find any errors or have additional information that would expand on any code, building standards or manufacturer requirements please let me know.
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