Old 08-11-02, 03:09 PM
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Codebook says "workmanlike" manner". Define that term please.
Old 08-11-02, 05:06 PM
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The requirement for "workmanlike manner" appears seven times in the NEC, but the NEC never defines the term. The interpretation is often left to the interpretation of the inspector, and sometimes by a jury in a court case (often after "expert testimony"). The term is used in many other trades too, besides just electrical work.

Here are some interpretations that have been used in court cases in the past that might help (but perhaps not very much):
  • With a quality that is reasonable in light of the ordinary standards of the business, trade, or industry.
  • Exercise a reasonable degree of care, skill and ability, which certainly can be shown as that degree of care and skill which, under similar conditions and like surrounding circumstances, is ordinarily employed by others of the same profession.
  • That quality of work performed by one who has the knowledge, training, or experience necessary for the successful practice of a trade or occupation and performed in a manner generally considered proficient by those capable of judging such work.
  • Work which is completed in a skillful manner and is non-defective.
  • To be finished, neat, and in accordance with the requirements as set forth in the specification.
  • The quality of work that would be done by a worker of average skill and intelligence (Nastri v. Wood Bros. Homes).
If you want to get more specific, the National Electrical Contractors Association has a whole publication for sale on the subject.
Old 08-11-02, 05:09 PM
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Thank you John very much for your very nice and informative reply.

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