ASAP - Insulation Inspection and Electrical Proximity


Old 07-23-02, 10:24 AM
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ASAP - Insulation Inspection and Electrical Proximity

I've got an insulation inspection scheduled for tomorrow and as I try to figure out the County's purpose for the inspection (there doesn't seem to be any), the only thing I can come up with is them checking the insulation proximity to the electrical system.

Other than recessed lights IC v. non-IC, are there any separation requirements for insulation around fixtures, outlets and switches?

I'm using plastic boxes, 12-2 Romex and R-11 insulation with paper batting on the warm-side of the wall.
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Old 07-23-02, 10:36 AM
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As far as electrical, you're okay.

But there are a number of building codes that regulate how and how much insulation is installed, and how the vapor barriers are placed.
Old 07-23-02, 10:41 AM
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Thanks for the rapid reply.

I'll have to call the County and ask them about any building codes..
Old 07-23-02, 11:28 AM
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This insulation inspection could save you big bucks in the future if you unknowingly set up a vapor trap causing a trapping of moisture within the walls which would cause premature wrotting of your structure. This like John said is a building code regulation. Also they will probably check for proper installation and types of insullation that was installed to ensure the R value was met as required also in the building code again as John said. I suspect if your research the purpose and codes this inspection while not commonly done to my knowledge would not be a waste of time and money. May save big bucks during the life of the structure.

Let us know what you find out.

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