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Jim Maldonado

Jim Maldonado, C.B.O., had over twenty-one years of municipal inspection and plan review experience in Arizona, and he was a long-term member of the IAEI.


Is Your City Stealing from You?

Most people don’t think too much about what their city does for them until something goes wrong. What services do the cities provide to their residents and how much do they charge? Most cities are in the business of providing public safety services through their fire and police departments and through the courts.

A Swimming Pool Is Just a Big Bathtub, Isn’t It?

The answer to this question is yes and no. That sounds like an answer from an inspector, doesn’t it? Yes, it is just a large container of water, but when you mix electrical equipment, such as pumps, heaters, and lighting with this large container of water, there can be problems. Article 680 addresses "…all swimming, wading, therapeutic, and decorative pools; fountains; hot tubs; spas; and hydromassage bathtubs, whether permanently installed or storable…” (680.1 Scope).

Natural and Artificially Made Bodies of Water

In the nearly 30 years that I have been dealing with the National Electrical Code, it never ceases to amaze me how many new applications we as code officials encounter that require us to apply the Code to installations not directly mentioned in the Code. Many times we look at installations during inspections or plan review and think, I know it’s wrong, but how do I back my position with the Code? At other times we examine an installation that just doesn’t seem right or in accordance with the intent of the Code and ask, "What sections cover this type of work or does the Code prohibit this type of installation?”