OK LET"S PLAY "NAME THAT DEFECT"

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Home Inspector with H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties)

The Electric Nightmare

Ok, I searched my computer picture files to come up with this mostrosity of an electric panel. I thought we could make a game of it. Let's see how many different defects you can come up with for this one picture. I wrote over a page on it originally. Whew! I'm too tired to list them again, so you guys do it, ok?

Happy defect finding!

Kevin

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Rainmaker
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Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI

I give or should say Uncle. I do know fuses aren't likely to be a pleaser for the insurance company. Also it looks like the incoming service is a bare wire right next to a metal downspout. Maybe... Ooch if anyone touches that in a rain storm.

May 07, 2009 01:27 AM #1
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Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Kevin---nice to see you.  Hope you have just been too busy to play in the rain:)  I love the SEC coming into the panel.  Other than that I say just toss it----and put a new one indoors somewhere:)

May 07, 2009 02:27 AM #2
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Roy A. Peterson
Domicile Analysis of Texas - El Paso, TX
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Kevin, the box looks fine other an a couple of thing are apparently a little obvious, Handles missing to the pull out, over fusing, not securely anchored, not properly labeled, wiring not secured, weather mast missing, No AFCI, system not grounded, etc, etc....  old and out dated system. Just replace the whole thing.

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May 07, 2009 02:36 AM #3
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Dan Callahan
Callahan's Home Inspections - Casper, WY

I think Roy and Charles covered most of the stuff, although I am curious as to what the 2x4 is doing inside the box. It doesn't appear to be connected to anything.

May 07, 2009 04:53 AM #4
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Christina Moock
Cutler Real Estate - Canton, OH
REALTOR - Cutler Real Estate

I find it strange that it looks like the panel is located on the exterior of the home.

May 07, 2009 06:54 AM #5
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Kevin,

Nice panel. Good to see that you popped in again.

May 07, 2009 07:18 AM #6
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Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector

Well thanks, I'm glad someone noticed I was gone.

Anyway, this panel was located on the outside of the house, pretty much exposed to the weather, and anyone who wanted to mess with you would just simply unscrew a few of the over-sized fuses. ( That could leave you in the dark). The frayed entrance cable next to the downspout adds to the adventure. Loose and frayed wires coming in the top and side of the box are another special treat. No mast, no grounding rod, and low-flying wiring that could possibly decapitate you pretty much complete the ensemble. I was actaully very thankful that it wasn't raining on the day of this inspection, because I'm pretty sure that the gutter pipe and the surrounding ground would have been an electricfrying experience.

May 07, 2009 08:46 AM #7
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Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector

PS: Did ANYONE see the Quotation mark in place of the apostrophe in the title???  Hmmm.....

May 07, 2009 08:51 AM #8
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Kevin,

I know, the defect is that it is not solid aluminum branch circuit wiring...how about that.

May 09, 2009 09:37 AM #9
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Cheryl Willis
RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI - Mount Vernon, MO
MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law

Kevin, I have missed you and think that your not being here eveyday has lead to my hit and miss the past few months.  (actually I think it was the meningitis but I will be glad to blame it on you)  great to see ya-  cheryl

May 11, 2009 11:39 AM #10
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Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

Hey Kevin where you been; hope its because you have been tooooooo busy to stop by for a visit. don't stay away so long next time.

I think most everything has been picked and prodded from that box...throw it out and get a new one.

Take care and glad to see you back.

Jun 01, 2009 01:05 PM #11
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