Making Permanent Bonds

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Home Inspector with JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC HOI 394

On this mothers day, we celebrate arguably the strongest bond in nature, the mother child bond. No atomic attraction, no chemical bond, not even gravitational pull can be said to be as powerful. A mother's dedication is so inherent, she will sacrifice her own well being to protect her children.

Green bonding screwSince I am a home inspector, I may not possess strong motherly bonds, but I do seek out bonding. No, not hanging out the guys, I look for it in electrical panels.

Electrical bonding and grounding is a subject that will put the most enthusiastic student into a stupor. Believe me, it's not an entertaining subject, however it is an important aspect of the safety of a house's electrical system.

And one in my experience that seems to get overlooked fairly often.

Oh where, oh where is the that green little screw?In the past few weeks I have found several electrical panels that have not been bonded. Bonding is simply another way of saying grounding, just to keep it simple. Every electric panel should have a bond to the grounding system. In most electrical panels this is accomplished by a screw colored green. Nice and easy to see and identify. A metal strap or wire is also another method.

Checking the electric panel on my latest inspection, I discovered the panel lacked the required bonding screw. I found the same the previous day. I would like to say this is an unusual oversight, but I can't having found this same defect in about four to five house's this month.

In the house from the other morning, as is my custom, I checked the wiring instructions/diagram for the panel. The instructions were, at least in my mind pretty clear. They state; Box bonding when req'd, with an arrow pointing to the hole where the green screw is to be put.These instructions seem pretty clear.

No wonder men get berated for not following instructions.

 

 

 

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James Quarello
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Donald Hester
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Jim, I have to say this seems like one of the easiest items in the electrical systems and so often overlooked.

Have a awesome day my friend.

May 13, 2012 03:41 AM #1
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Charles Buell
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Jim of course bondage is also fun---if you are into that sort of thing :)

May 13, 2012 05:48 AM #2
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Joe Petrowsky
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Nice way to connect mother's day to what you d for a living. I would say over 75% of the houses I buy to flip have electical problems, It is a good thing that a work with some outstanding electricians.

May 13, 2012 06:11 PM #3
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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I know where I'm going!  I don't need no stinkin' instructions!

Oh, and when bonding with a baseball bat, be sure to line up the knuckles...

May 13, 2012 08:54 PM #4
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
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Don, Yep, I agree. I find them missing all the time. 

Charlie, :)

Joe, Thanks. Same goes for inspections.

Jay, Do you? Do you really. The bat technique sounds Sensei. 

May 13, 2012 10:16 PM #5
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Jay Markanich
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I am man.  Hear me roar.

Well, I usually roar when I get lost!  But hey, I don't need no stinkin' instructions!

May 14, 2012 08:59 AM #6
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