Shocking Wiring Installation...(As it was never intended)

Home Inspector with Miller Home Inspection WA HI Inspector Lic. #209

Anyone can drive down to the big box store and buy electrical supplies, yet once they get home, there is a chance that they will install it right. But in alot of cases I see there are often serious safety hazards created by the "weekend warriors" attempt at adding electrical circuits. The results could be devestating, causing fires or possibly electrocution.

As a home inspector, I get to see alot of what I call "Bubba & Skeeta" altered wiring. No permits; Plenty of double taps; No understanding of polarity, bonding, grounding, floating neutrals, amps, volts, watts, load side vs line side.......and lots and lots of "electrical tape"

There are times when I see some very dangerous conditions in homes and just shake my head. Like live wires sticking out of walls, where children can touch them, when they are with their parents previewing the home.

The reality is that are some folks that just don't respect and comprehend electrical systems. For this reason it is good to have a licensed home inspector do a thorough home inspection, which can often reveal such concerns.



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Comments (3)

Robert Dirienzo
HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC - Franklin, TN
Home Inspections - Nashville TN

Hello Harold,

Great pictures of serious issues.  It is truly amazing how many times we find these situations during Home Inspections in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.  I do not understand why the electricians, or even the handiman, can think this is OK.  Great post!

Thank you,

Richard Acree

Richard Acree is the author of the HABITEC Home and Building Inspections Blog and founder of the ActiveRain Group Tennessee Home and Building Inspectors.  All are welcome to join and see more blogs like this one.  

Mar 28, 2010 10:00 PM
Harold Miller
Miller Home Inspection - Stanwood, WA
Certified Professional Home Inspector

Thanks Richard! I don't think any of the electricians would find this acceptable. I think most of this shoddy electrical work is done by homeowners' and possibly some handyman, or remodeler who is not licensed to perform electrical work. The State of Washingtion requires that electrical alterations are performed under a permit with an inspection performed by the Department of L&I Electrical Division. Unforuntately alot of folks ignore the rules....

Apr 02, 2010 05:09 AM
Mike (Inspector Mike) Parks
Inspector Mike - Circleville, OH
Inspector Mike

Aren't you supposed to leave the covers off so the wires can breath?

Jul 09, 2010 11:21 AM