As a home inspector in Connecticut I am a licensed professional service provider. There are many licensed trades and professions in my State, many of which are associated with people's homes. A license requirement means there is a defined amount of training involved in order to ply that particular trade or profession. A license also implies a higher level of skill and most importantly responsibility.
The license holder is held ultimately responsible for the work they perform. Lose the license, lose your livelihood. In other words if you or someone working under your license screws up, you are held accountable.
On a recent home inspection I discovered a common issue with an electric sub panel located inn the basement. The panel had been incorrectly wired rendering it unsafe. Most often this is due to a do it yourselfer or general contractor doing the wiring instead of a licensed electrician. In this particular instance however, a licensed electrician had very likely been inside the panel.
You see there was a second sub panel in the garage. It had been added during the homeowner's most recent addition to the home as stated in the disclosure. This panel was fine, most likely done by a licensed electrician. My issue is that the power feeding this panel was taken from the mis-wired sub panel in the basement. A breaker was installed in the "bad" panel and wires run out to the new panel in the garage.
And no one noticed the panel in the basement was unsafely wired. Which by the way means that panel in the garage is not safely wire either. Putting in a breaker and running new wires takes a little time. It also involves connecting wires to the correct terminals. There is absolutely no excuse why the wrongly wired panel should not have been caught and corrected.
A licensed tradesman should be exercising professional responsibility. Even if the homeowners balked at the extra expense or some other such nonsensical excuse, the electrician could have pushed the matter. This wiring is unsafe! Is there really any excuse for letting it go?
I think not.
Someone needed to step up and take responsibility. Too bad no one did.
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