Electrical inspector passed this. Doesn't feel right to me. If its not grounded then it must have been a two prong before. Is it ok to just label the plate like this?
That person did not follow 2017 NEC Article 406.4(D), which specifically addresses all types of receptacle replacements. It is an electrical code violation. Please alert the electrical inspector and tell him that he needs to read Article 406.4(D).
Another violation that I can see (my crystal ball is working again) is Article 314.20, which basically states that the box must be flush. It usually never is, with the wooden wall paneling that I see there. This is a very common and flagrant violation. They need to install a spark shield:
Jim Pauley would probably laugh at me, and say that I'm being an electrical "expecter" -- and not an inspector. But if one removes the plate, they may just find that I am correct.
I'm seeing only (2) options when a Receptacle is replaced (no longer 'grandfathered'):
1) Replace it with a GFCI and a label "No Equipment Ground", or
2) A Standard Outlet from a GFCI labeled "GFCI Protected" and "No Equipment Ground"
So as not to repeat the advice that has given already in your thread I will only comment on the fact that this, based on the looks of that wood trim, to be an existing installation and quite possibly (speculating again) a flip" where there may have been only a two-wire cable assembly without an equipment grounding conductor available and they wanted to use a three-prong receptacle device.
In that speculation, I notice that you did not mention what device is at the supply end of that branch circuit. Was it a GFCI device as permitted in 406.4(D) as Nick stated in his previous response. Let's assume it was and the installed simply failed to read the labeling rules or maybe comprehend them as stated in 406.4(D)(2)(c).
As always with limited information and the entire story we can only speculate. What we do know that even if my speculation was correct the labeling of that receptacle is incorrect and can be easily addressed and I would indeed let the electrical inspector know as well as the electrician. They were TRYING to move in the right direction maybe and simply got sidetracked a bit.
AGAIN - My theory above is speculation as without any additional information given that is about all we can do and if no GFCI device is present upstream of this device then they are indeed in violation on both accounts.
Hope any of this was helpful and not simply my daily rambling....:).. Take Care and Be Safe!
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