These are the kinds of things I find while inspecting that I just can’t wait to share. This particular find takes “do-it-yourself” to a whole new level. “Occasionally” I have to pull a switch plate cover for one reason or another—-in this case to see if the wiring in this 60’s vintage home had grounded type wiring or not. Sometimes wiring from this time period had a ground wire but it was just not used. Previous to this I think one of the strangest light switches I had found was the bandaged switch I blogged about a while back.
But as you will see—-this one takes the cake. Typically a switch is held in place with two screws. Most switches have little Mickey Mouse ears—two at the top—two at the bottom that help to stabilize the switch on the wall surface. In this case the screws were missing and the four Mickey Mouse ears had these strange little white covered things at each ear. Can you guess what they are?
Yup—-thumb tacks! As far as I know there are no UL Approved—thumb tacks.
Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
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