Re: [EVDL] Buying an EV on the cheap to pour $ into a J1772 ability ...
[quote]Lee Hart wrote:
>> The way it works is that any time any new work needs to be done, it
>> needs to be "up to code". As long as your old electric stove works, you
>> aren't required to change the old 3-pin plug and receptacle. But when
>> you buy a new stove, it will come with a 4-pin plug, so the old plug has to be
>> replaced to bring it up to code.
EVDL Administrator wrote:
> Has that changed then? Last I heard, the appliance dealers and installers
> still almost universally changed the 4-pin cord and plug for a 3-pin that
> matched the old receptacle.
It's changed where I live. I don't know about other places. When you buy
a major appliance, the seller is required to send a notice to city hall.
You will be contacted by the building inspector to have the installation
inspected. It will have to meet code to pass.
Almost all kitchen ranges now have electronics in them (digital
displays, oven lights, electronic temperature controls, etc.) These are
all powered by 120vac, not 240vac. Therefore, many of them require a
neutral connection anyway.
> When I've bought homes, I've paid to have them inspected by a contract
> inspector. My inspectors have indeed found code violations, some of them
> pretty egregious, but curing them was a matter of negotiation between me and
> the seller. The inspector wasn't a government official, and he had no
> authority to compel the seller to cure the violation.
No direct authority; but if the seller refuses to comply, he can call
the building inspector and notify him of the violation. THEN the seller
can be compelled to comply (he can't sell if he doesn't).
> I suspect that, in your situation, your chances of having code problems are
> almost nil. If by the time you sell your house EVs have become ubiquitous,
> it's POSSIBLE that the buyer might fuss about your "nonstandard" EV charging
> gear. But again, that wouldn't be a legal matter, rather it'd be between
> you and the home's buyer. You could settle the matter by having a
> "standard" EV charging connection installed, or you could just offer the
> buyer a discount on the price to let it slide.
I think (and *hope*) you're right. If an inspector complains, I can
claim it's there for a welder or clothes dryer. It's not illegal to have
one of them in your garage.
The key point was that people can be coerced into doing things without
Ingenuity gets you through times of no money better than money
will get you through times of no ingenuity. -- Terry Pratchett
Lee A. Hart, 814 8th Ave N, Sartell MN 56377, leeahart at earthlink.net
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