Inspection Photo of the Day...

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Inspection Photo of the Day...
     Electric panels. In Davidson Country/Metro Nashville, rehabs that under go an electrical upgrade must conform to current standards. Such was the case in an inspection. A new box was installed but the installation was not up to current standards
     A novice might notice the missing breaker in the lower right, but an experienced inspector see's much more than that. The litany is as follows:
     Arc Fault breakers for bedroom circuits not installed
     Panel legend not in place
     Missing handle ties on 220/240 circuits {There were 3 sets of these (see inset to right. the bottom breaker is correct)}

     These were some of the issues I found before I removed the panel cover. There were more issues inside. I scratched my head and wondered, who is sleeping on the job, or is this just another drive-by inspection by the metro codes department...


For other posts in this series:

     Inspection Photo of the Day ~ 13 April 2010
     Inspection Photo of the Day ~ 14 April 2010
     Inspection Photo of the Day ~ 15 April 2010
     Inspection Photo of the Day ~ 15 April 2010
     Friday's Fotos (Inspection Photo of the Day) ~ 16 April 2010
     Inspection Photo of the Day ~ 23 April 2010

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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Michael, you are really on top of home inspections. I appreciate all your informative posts.

Apr 23, 2010 10:47 PM #4
Dick and Dixie Sells
Sells Real Estate, LLC - Trinity, FL
Realtors, Tampa Bay Florida Homes For Sale

Metro Codes really had some teeth when I was there. What the heck? I am very respectful of electricity! Scary stuff!

Apr 23, 2010 11:04 PM #5
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Michael, Here in CT a new panel in an existing house does not have to have AFCI breakers. I found this out after citing it as a defect in a rehab. City inspector, who I know and is very good, said not necessary. I had a head scratching moment right after that news.

Apr 23, 2010 11:40 PM #6
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

James, One has to watch the "codes" for every municipality that is for sure. Since they also upgraded the wiring, they had to upgrade the breaker. Had it been 2 wire convention, this would not have been necessary...

Thanks for the comment

Apr 24, 2010 12:02 AM #7
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Michael,

I do not take electrical issues lightly. Unfortunately the installation is only as good as the installer!

Apr 24, 2010 12:11 AM #8
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

Hi Michael, great tips! Electrical is one area I never fool around with. I can change a fixture but it ends there. Have a great weekend Michael!

Apr 24, 2010 12:13 AM #9
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

In older houses upgrading the bedroom circuits to AFCI protection could be costly because it would often take three or more AFCI breakers to cover all the circuits that might be there.

Apr 24, 2010 12:55 AM #10
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Electrical codes are dynamic, thanks to technology and safety improvements. Thanks for the heads-up.

Apr 24, 2010 01:23 AM #11
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Charles, True. Because the property had been gutted and rewired, the breakers also had to be upgraded...

Thanks for the comment

Apr 24, 2010 01:28 AM #12
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Mike, I learn so much from your posts....great info as always.  I should share these with my hubby too, but you are teaching me so much, I don't even need him ha ha ha!

Apr 24, 2010 02:08 AM #13
Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

Michael - Thanks for the pictures, and the description. I'm sure a lot of rehab projects have the same type of problems that inspectors never get the chance to report, because the buyer didn't hire one. I'll reblog this one.

Apr 24, 2010 02:34 AM #14
Richard Strahm
RE/MAX Realty Group - Lansdale, PA - Lansdale, PA
Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate

That's why we love our home inspectors!  No novice home buyer could ever figure this stuff out!

Apr 24, 2010 02:51 AM #15
Debi Boucher
Real Estate Showcase Photography - Woodland Park, CO
"Realtor Showcase" - Real Estate Photography/Virtual Tours

It's a good thing we have you and other inspectors to watch our backs - sure can't depend on our county people....LOL


Apr 24, 2010 03:45 AM #16
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

That is why I always hire a professional, my clients try to skimp but it is far to important!
I hope you're having a good weekend Michael,

Apr 24, 2010 04:12 AM #17
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Once again you've proved why it is so important to have a professional home inspection performed before completing a purchase.

Apr 24, 2010 04:13 AM #18
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Michael, electrical boxes are such a mystery to most of us.  It's great to have a home inspector who can sort it all out.

Apr 24, 2010 05:07 AM #19
1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK


Thanks for reminding everyone how important it is to get the electircity right!  Super important.

Apr 24, 2010 01:21 PM #20
Roland Woodworth
Q Realty - Clarksville, TN
Q Realty - Power In Real Estate

Very interesting Michael - So many things get bast the average person. Good thing we have great home inspectors such as yourself to find these things.

Apr 24, 2010 04:56 PM #21
Charles McDonald
Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner

I hate electical issues and that is why I always use an expert, like yourself, to inspect!

your friend in Charlottesville Virginia!

Apr 25, 2010 12:43 AM #22
Dan Quinn
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty - Silver Spring, MD
Dan Quinn

I'm guessing this work was never inspected by the metro codes dept (the work was done without permits) or a drive by. 

Apr 25, 2010 07:41 AM #23
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