As one who managed to cut off a thumb on the table saw I feel that I speak from a position of experience. The proposed rule SHOULD NOT be allowed to become law. Right now there is a monopoly on the technology, by a company doing every thing it can to block competition. Certainly the government should assist them in doing so. If the market matures to the point there is meaningful competition then it could be considered, although I prefer it be market driven demand, not forced compliance.
My accident was due to my carelessness, I do not expect the government to get involved.
I take exception to the statement that a subpanel requires its own ground rod. In fact it is only permitted in very limited cases in detached buildings, and only where there is no metallic connection back to the main building (telephone wire, copper water line, etc. ) Additionally, good grounding practice for lightning protection requires there be only one ground source for the entire electrical system. Having two grounding rods, even as close as six to eight feet apart, can direct current from a nearby lightning strike into the structure through one rod, run through the entire electrical system, and exit through the second rod. This can do enormous damage.
While the comments about making three doors instead of two, etc. are very valid I think you are missing the point that the homeowners wanted these to be hidden cabinets that appeared to just be wall mounted mirrors.
Having lived through Hurrican Katrina, without power for two weeks, I learned a lot about generators. For most of us they are not a good option for long term outages due to fuel issues. Fuel is difficult to obtain during widespread outages, needs frequent refillings in most cases, and is very expensive. Natural gas is a great option, and one of the least suspectable to outgage, but it can be disrupted as many found out. For short term outages, which are by far the type of outage that we most often encounter, a generator can be great for maintaining the "status quo" until power is restored, but they are not really a good option for most of us during long term outages. Be sure your expectations are realistic if you opt to install one, and be CERTAIN that it is connected via a proper transfer switch. And check the oil level frequently during operation, they are notorious for burning oil.
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