This is just a "What would you do" type question, I told HO to call an electrician as a permit, etc would be needed.
The builder was foreclosed on a house I went to look at. New HO has a long punch list, all sinks, water heater, both HVAC units, fixtures, and the MAIN BREAKER PANEL were cut out and taken away by the builder. The circuits from the panel are cutoff above where the panel was mounted, about 7 feet from the floor. No slack, about 26 circuits. How would you correct this while maintaining proper NEC2008 for inspection?
Damn nice builder for sure. I gave my price for hanging some cabinets and drywall and wished them well.
I dealt with a situation similar to this many yrs ago but the bank didnt choose to persue the previous HO for the damages or repair. They replaced everything removed and repaired any damage and applied the costs to the amount owed by the previous HO. As far as homeruns being cut about the only option is to JB all the circuits and make some kind of access to them to be withen code. Hopefull this was done in some kind of utility room so the access wont be so obvious. If there is an attic above maybe some slack can be pulled enough to put JB's up there out of site and new homeruns ran down to new panel. If this guy cut the wires this short then he was definitly disgruntled and i too am inclined to think he was also the HO they foreclosed on. He was sure out to bone someone.
LAW SUIT! A builder has no legal basis to remove anything. He can file a lein but anything permenantly a fixed to the property, stays.
Are you sure about that? What if an inspector orders him to remove something? He still has no legal basis to remove it? What if the builder determines that it is not up to his quality standards? I guess it must stay, right? What if the electrician nail up a 18 CI box and 5 minutes later decides a 22 CI box is better? Too bad, right? There's no legal basis to remove anything installed in the house?
I realize this is an old thread, but I decided my rant needed to be posted...
I am assuming the builder was in the middle of building or remodel when house went into foreclosure from what the op said. Hence builder is not getting payed/ has not been paid for items already installed.
In which case I say good for him take it all out. As far as the legality, if it where me and I was not getting paid I would be like Bart Simpson "I didn't do it, no body saw me do it"
"What HVAC we didn't get to installing it yet". "Electrical Panel was there when I left"