The Artful Electrician

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Home Inspector with JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC HOI 394

They say the devil is in the details. I always thought he was in a hot southern climate, but I may have been given bad information. Actually the work of a well skilled and conscientious professional can be seen in the level of detail, the little things, they put into any task they carry out. The details will also give insight into whether the job may have been done by a person who did not possess the required aptitude. Or they just didn't give a hoot.

Is this a new and fancy way to put in an outlet?Take for example this little gem. That as everyone knows is an outlet. It is in a detached garage. It is hung from a nail in said garage. The wire is spliced together hence the electrical tape (safety first!). The wire is an indoor grade run through the exterior...without the required protection of conduit. Notice the fine detail in which the careful craftsman twisted the wires to give the installation (?) an attractive and artful appearance.

Seeing electrical work of this class in the garage usually means there is going to be similar work found in the house.

And there was.

It often seems when one finds poorly done and in some instances dangerous work in one part of the house, the same is found else where in the home.

 

 

James Quarello
Connecticut Licensed Home Inspector
2010 - 2011 SNEC-ASHI President
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JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

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Former SNEC-ASHI President
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

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Rainmaker
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Margo Currie
Exit 1 Stop Realty - Saint Augustine Beach, FL

I guess some do-it-yourselfer did this... I hope. Electricity scares me, so a professional is always in order.

Jan 20, 2011 12:49 AM #1
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Peter den Boer
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james - My first home in NJ was completely wired by someones Uncle. The first thing we did, after a wired burned through in the wall, was have the home rewired by a professional electrician. I never can get over how people fail to see how dangerous Uncle Bob's wiring really is.

Jan 20, 2011 12:54 AM #2
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I am glam to see they are not using duck tape.

As always it could be worse but not a pretty site.

Jan 20, 2011 12:55 AM #3
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Joe Kenny
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You seem a little wired today James, stop picking on the lazy and cheap people of the world.  :)

Jan 20, 2011 01:36 AM #4
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Lenn Harley
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Whenever I see a home owner finished basement or garage converted to a "family room", I cringe.  As I tell buyers that, unless the electrical service (and plumbing) was done by a licensed contracting company, it's not what you see that's important, it's what you cannot see behind the walls.

 

Jan 20, 2011 02:41 AM #5
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Allen Tate - Concord, NC

Wow I miss being in the wacked review.  I forgot how funny this stuff is.

shelton

Jan 20, 2011 03:05 AM #6
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Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Yes, Jim---I often find that houses have "theme" defects :)

Jan 20, 2011 05:04 AM #7
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Craig Rutman
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"Workmanship" like the one in the photo here in your post is nothing more than a red flag for home inspectors.

Jan 20, 2011 05:14 AM #8
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Charles Buell
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Jim but, but, but, but it works---I swear it does!

Jan 20, 2011 09:56 AM #9
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Reuben Saltzman
Structure Tech Home Inspections - Minneapolis, MN
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Aw, you're just being picky.

Jan 20, 2011 01:53 PM #10
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Dale Ganfield
Leland, NC

Hi James, I agree.  If you find one defect which is poor workmanship, you are likely to find others.  As Charles said above, "the theme" tends to be consistent.

Jan 21, 2011 02:51 AM #11
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
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James,

I have seen that same electrician in my part of the world. You are so right that is usually an indication of things to come. Amazing on how many start off as "temporary" then live long enough to be there when the home is sold.

But hey he needed a little light in power out there ; )

Jan 21, 2011 02:53 PM #12
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

What, the words "ease" and "convenience" don't mean anything to you?  Get modern man! 

And that electric tape providing a safe hold on the cable as you remove that convenient box for ease of use is the touch of someone thinking in advance. 

What, I am supposed to be impressed that you didn't like this?  Again, get modern man!

Jan 22, 2011 12:15 AM #13
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Margo, I would have to think the homeowner put that outlet in as well.

Peter, No doubt there are those that do not recognize the danger of electricity.

Jeff & Heather, Duct tape would have been classic.

Joe, It's my job to pick, but I'm not sure about the lazy.

Lenn, How very true.

Shelton, Happy to provide you with a little entertainment.

Charlie, Bad themes :)

Reuben, I've been accused of worse :)

Dale, For sure.

Donald, I think you're right. Stuff like this may have been intended as temporary, but ended up as permanent.

Jay, Are you saying I should throw out my abacus and the phone with a cord?

Jan 22, 2011 01:01 AM #14
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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Absolutely not!  An abacus can do anything your calculator can do, including square roots!  And you should always have a phone with a cord in the house.  I call them "dumb" phones, but they will always work even when the power is out.  My "dumb" phone is the M&M phone and instead of ringing it speaks to me - "Hey, answer the phone!" and "How many times are you going to make me ring!?"  It's kind of fun!

Jan 22, 2011 12:01 PM #15
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Not my calculator. Texas Instruments TI-83 graphing calculator. That thing practically makes coffee.

Jan 23, 2011 12:22 AM #16
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