Well, the electrical inspector came by yesterday. We didn't get into a fist fight, but I was sorely tempted to deck the guy, or at least try to.
Get this: he [the inspector] looks at a box in kitchen, the box is for the built in oven.. I had wired the box with a length of #6 copper, the older style wire with two conductors and a woven ground wires wrapped around the red and black conductors. The inspector said, 'since you are reusing your old kitchen wiring, that is grandfathered', but then he recommended using a new piece of 4-conductor wire.
Then, when we went into the basement to look at the sub-panel that supplies the new house with power. Here the inspector sees that the piece of old style #6 cable is actually in the new breaker panel.. and he says that the old style wire cannot be used in the new panel, a new piece of cable needs to be installed..
OK, well that piece of wire is only 12' long, not a big deal..
But now, as he looks around, he sees another piece of 'old' cable, The 220v feed from the old panel in the old part of the house, going through the new part of the house and supplying power to the sub panel in the garage, and the apartment in the rear of the garage, as well as my laundry room. The inspector says this cable cannot be reused. I ask why? you accepted the piece of cable to the oven, if it was from the old panel, it was grandfathered, and it would have been supplying power to an appliance in the new house. So why wouldn't this 150' piece of copper cable be grandfathered?? It doesn't supply power to anything in the new part of the house, only to the existing garage.
Nope, he had no good reasonable answer, only that it wasn't the way a sub panel is to be wired today. Well it is the way a sub panel was wired a few years ago, and the way that they are powered all over the country and the world.
Well I differed with his opinion, he said if the cable should fail, the house could burn down.. I said, the whole damned old section of the house and the whole damned garage didn't have a single ground wire in the whole damned structure!! and it hadn't burnt down in the last 60-80 years since it had been electrified, so if anyplace would fail, it would be the OLD parts of the house, not the new.
Well, I didn't win the argument. I went to HD and bought a new piece of #4 aluminum.. it 'only' cost anothe $200 or so..
I think i'll take that piece of 'unapproved' #6 cable, knot a noose in it, and hang it from the chandelier box, 28' in the air above the foyer, with a note pointing to a green inspection sticker, the note saying 'Or Else'.. Damn I'm pissed. And invite him back for the extra inspection that I had to pay for.
The chief building inspector came over today, he approved the rough framing, and ok'd me to finish insulating the place, and to drywall the ceilings. We discussed the electrical inspector's denial of the supply cable to the garage/apartment. He said if the electrical inspector felt it was a safely hazard, then he'd have to stand behind his decision. But get this, the building inspector is NOT requiring me to install the whole-house smoke detector system that is required for new construction.. the old part of the house only has to have battery powered detectors. What a crock!! a true life saving feature is not being required, but a BS requirement for a new style of supplying a subpanel is being enforced..
So I'm finishing the insulation, I'll get it inspected tomorrow, and I'll hang drywall on Saturday... I hope..
I was so pissed yesterday afternoon and evening, that I didn't sleep much last night, hopefully I'll sleep tonight..