Kyle Kubs Posted April 3, 2007 Report Share Posted April 3, 2007 Ever see a panel that is just wired wrong, you've flagged a thousand of them in the past for the same thing but everything else is just so perfect that you start to doubt yourself? I was literally standing there wondering if I have hallucinated my way into the twilight zone. The service drop hits the mast on a detached garage and drops into the main panel there. (see first picture) Just a few circuits for the garage and then THREE 4/0 aluminum lines go into PVC conduit, snake around the garage to the opposite corner, out the wall, down into the ground, about 50' across the yard and into and across the basement to the house panel (see picture 2) which is wired as a main panel with neutrals & grounds bonded on the bus bar and no ground path back to the main panel (fourth wire). - Ok this is an easy one... Fundamental... It has to have a four wire feed, But look at this panel, (flawless, work of art, this guy must have used a micormeter to space the wires equally) How can someone who does work like this screw up something so fundamental? And then there is a code inspection sticker on it... Am I losing my mind here? Have I finally breathed in too much funky crawlspace dust? Then the water pipes are bonded to the basement panel and a GEC goes out the side wall and into the ground as if there is a ground rod there, I triple checked, it does not go back to the garage. So, am I missing something? Is there some exception to the rule about subpanels that I am not aware of? Ok, for whatever reason the pictures will not upload, but I think I have described it pretty well. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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