One of the things that many homeowners like to mess with on their own is electrical components. I think this comes from Lego’s, Erector Sets and Mr. Potato Head–or other such play systems for assembling things. Thinks about it. Go to any big Orange Tool Box and pick up all sorts of metal/plastic boxes, connectors of all shapes/sizes, wire nuts of a gazillion colors, pipes, light bulbs, switches, circuit breakers and wire–of more types and sizes than anyone could imagine.
Now take these various components and assemble them in ANY manner you can imagine. Even the way you might dream about. HOW COOL IS THAT? Add to that the miracle of electricity, and the lights actually working, and you will surely easily impress the significant others in your life. We all need to earn those valuable points don’t we?
On a recent inspection of a house I found this “interesting” wiring. I am hoping the owner did not do it, but instead bought the property with the wiring already like this. I am always willing to give a person the benefit of the doubt. That however, only begs the question of why it got left this way.
I would hope that all this wiring would not look “quite right” to even the novice among us–but perhaps not. Apparently it looked OK to someone. Single strand wires in circuits cannot be run willy-nilly all over the place—-it has to be properly protected in conduit or at least sheathed in appropriate coverings.
The world would be a much safer place if we could get electricity to cooperate and just not function when it is installed wrong.
By Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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