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Failing an electrical inspection isn't the end of the world, but it usually means pushing back some current work to fix the job that failed. And that means missed deadlines, unhappy customers, and damage to your reputation. Obviously, it's best to avoid the problem in the first place. But what typically causes a job to fail an inspection anyway? To find out, I talked to inspectors, former inspectors, and contractors in the area where my electrical contracting company works. Here's what I learned. Neatness Counts The National Electrical Code (NEC) says, "Electrical equipment shall be installed in a neat and workmanlike manner." This regulation is open to interpretation, and it means that, technically,