ask the electrician
Electrician Training Electrical Certification wiring recessed light fixtures Electrical Wiring Electrical Troubleshooting and Electrical Repairs wire outdoor light fixture Home Electrical Wiring Diagrams
wiring home generator and transfer switch wiring a 220 volt range cord outlet Wiring for GFCI Outlets Wiring Outlets and a Switched Outlet Wiring and Installing Ceiling Fans and Remote Controls wire dimmer switch wiring diagrams for switches wiring a dryer cord and 220 outlet circuit breaker panel
Electrical Wire and Cable

Questionable Electrical Wiring


home electrical wiring
By
Summary: Electrical Wiring Question: Hi i I had hired a electrician to run under cabinet lighting in my kitchen however for another problem not relating to that i had another electrical contractor through the house today and the holes are not patched from your install and he stated some alarming potential hazards with the install that i wanted to clear up.

Questionable electrical wiring


Home Electrical Wiring Tips

Helping You Wire it Right
Check out my YouTube Channel, and Subscribe!

Electrical Troubleshooting Question:
I hired a electrician to run under cabinet lighting in my kitchen however for another problem not relating to that i had another electrical contractor through the house today and the holes are not patched from your install and he stated some alarming potential hazards with the install that i wanted to clear up.

Basically I was told that the manner the lights have been installed was not up to NEC code.
I was told these several points
1. You cannot (by NEC code) use lamp cord inside walls.
2. you cannot hard-wire any lighting to the small appliance circuits above the counter. Is this true? or was this job up to code? ( i assumed it was since i hired a licensed electrician) i have since then contacted the electrical guy who installed the lights and he writes.

Please tell that contractor to verify the article :210.52B (1),(3) from the NEC code 2005.

As for the 1st point, I don't know what that contractor was talking about when he said that there's HAZARD danger.
The only possible problem is that if the cable (cord light) is fire-rated. I have asked a few electrical contractors about this situation and their opinions differ. Some said you can't use it and some said you can. I have searched in the books, but I have not found anything explaining what needs to be done.
For your safety reasons,we could solve this problem by either using a junction box under the cabinet and make all the lights under the cabinet (pull new jumpers).
The other option would be to change the under cabinet lighting, and pull hard wire between the lights.
My goal is customer satisfaction,if you pick the second option,I will pay for the old lights. Please let me know what you're planning to do and once again I'm sorry for this situation. I am now scared I cannot locate or understand any part of the NEC book and I am scared that my home will catch on fire with the current install job.

Can you assist in any way? Is what he did up to code? or not? and if it is not how do i go about fixing it and what part of the NEC did he violate with his install?
Thank you so much for taking your time to read this.
Thanks- Anita.




Hi Anita - Great Electrical Repair Question!
The best way for me to advise you would be to start with one Question: Was this electrical project installed through the authority of the local building department or jurisdiction, who issued a permit for the work?

If this is true then any possible faults or code violations will most likely be identified during the time of inspection by the building department representative.

If this is not the case then you may still contact your local building department and follow this recommended procedure, which will ensure that your electrical project has been performed safe, and will hold anyone responsible for any violations.

This will also provide important documentation which may be needed for correcting any problems. Let me know what happens.



Electrical Wiring Tips for Home Electrical Wiring Projects

Tripping Circuit Breaker, Outlet at a Wall Switch, Light Fixture without a Ground Wire, Help with Home Electrical Wiring Projects.

See more House Wiring Videos from Ask The Electrician:

Home Electrical Wiring Videos


Learn more with my Home Electrical Video Course:

Basic Home Electrical Wiring by Example


» You Can Avoid Costly Mistakes! «

Here is How to Do It:
Wire It Right with the help of my Illustrated Wiring Book

Great for any Home Wiring Project.


  electrical wiring  

Complete Guide to Home Electrical Wiring

Perfect for Homeowners, Students,
Handyman, Handywomen, and Electricians
Includes:
Wiring GFCI Outlets
Wiring Home Electric Circuits
120 Volt and 240 Volt Outlet Circuits
Wiring Light Switches
Wiring 3-Wire and 4-Wire Electric Range
Wiring 3-Wire and 4-Wire Dryer Cord and Dryer Outlet
How to Troubleshoot and Repair Electrical Wiring
Wiring Methods for Upgrading Electrical Wiring
NEC Codes for Home Electrical Wiring
....and much more.