Nashville Home Inspection - Electrical Installation - What's Wrong With This Picture? 12-14-11

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Nashville Home Inspection - Electrical Installation - What's Wrong With This Picture? 12-14-11

HINT:  Junction boxes should be used for junctions.

Misused Junction Box

ANSWER:  Junction boxes should be used to house any junction of electrical conductors, or wires.  But, junction boxes, like the one in the picture above, should not be used to rig an outlet so one can plug in an extension cord.  So there is a lot wrong with this picture.  Junction boxes should be used only for conductor junctions and the box should be closed after the wires are joined and inserted.  Outlets should be housed in outlet electrical boxes with that appropriate cover plate.  Extension cords should not be used as permanent wiring.  If you need permanent wiring, call an electrician and have a dedicated circuit put in.  The installation in the picture above is a fire or electrocution waiting to happen.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

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David Saks
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Good gosh ! The potential to short to ground is deadly. No insulation, the exposed outlet hot contacts, the stress on the junction....whew....what a catastrophe, and looming tragedy.

Dec 14, 2011 02:38 PM #1
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Richard Acree
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Hi David,

You are so correct about all this.  Fortunately, the extension cord was not plugged into any appliance at the time of Inspection.  What were they thinking?

Richard

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

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Thank you for sharing your blog; we need Real estate Professionals to share their comments and information regarding their markets and experiences. Thanks again from beautiful Sunny San Diego.

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