How well do you know the Code? Think you can spot violations the original installer either ignored or couldn't identify? Here's your chance to moonlight as an electrical inspector and second-guess someone else's work from the safety of your living room or office. Joe Tedesco, who has a knack for finding shoddy electrical work, did the dirty work and found this mess. Now it's your turn to identify the violation.
This short piece of raceway, which terminates in a fitting on the side of this 4-gang surface-mounted box (right), and the surface-mounted receptacle on the left were never designed for a tap. In fact, the existing circuit was originally installed to supply power to a coffee maker. When tested, I found the receptacles were not properly wired and were without an equipment-grounding conductor. This installation violates the requirements of 110.3(B) and 210.7.