This is how I found it. The dead-front is removed, the door is open and it was accessible from the street. Nobody was there.
I asked him why the wire is taped and he told me that the sheath stops there because that cable used to be in a recessed enclosure and since I wrote a correction about them bringing power through the back of the panel, they had to go to the junction box. Okay, so why are the conductors taped, I ask. He says that the insulation on those wires is so brittle and busted up that they had to tape it. So I said "Well there you go. There's more to see in that hole than you realized."
It's one thing to present such a mess as this for inspection and quite another to get way upset when I say no. The contractor hurled insults.
The job was a service upgrade. There is a new cabinet surface mounted on the outside. A sheet of steel covers an existing flush cabinet. There's a big conduit that exits the back.
Well it's not relaxing.
Trust but verify
This was a service upgrade mounted over a hole in the wall with the conductors brought through the back. Well I wrote a correction about that so he did this.
I had to give the new corrections (5) to the lady that lives there. I could see the disgust in her eyes. She thinks that I am the problem. She asked me if there will be new corrections every time I show up. I said yes.
The guy doing the work called me before he did this. He tried to talk me outa the correction. It seems that he is the neighborhood handyman. A jack of all trades. I thought that I explained in sufficient detail but evidently I fell short.
For a brief moment I felt a tinge of empathy. If you stand back and look at the work it looks like the person is pretty good with tools but doesn't know what to do with them. Then I noticed that the cover on this LB isn't screwed shut. It's buried in plaster and not screwed shut.
The workman swears up and down that there's nothing to see in the hole.
The contractor insisted that the old cabinet was removed, the wall patched and a close nipple with the cable secured within 12 of the nipple (That's for you Mark,,you know on the off chance that you will see this) Animated when he says that there are no splices in the wall. I called BS and told him to remove it He then says that he would cut into the bedroom wall and show me "If I must see it" You're on ....get busy. There's the old cabinet, the sheet of steel and a wad of splices.
The contractor pitched a bitch and I had to convince an office manager that I know what I am doing. That can get soooo tiresome.
Cardboard covered a hole. Wrong EMT fitting too.
There is a service upgrade mounted over a hole in the wall.