Homeowner - NOT an Electrician

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This Lexington, KY homeowner decided he was an electrician and set out to prove he wasn't.  He succeeded.


Added Sub Panel

He needed just a little more juice so he added a sub panel below the original panel.

Added Sub Panel Lexington KY Home Inspectors

Here's a view of the sub panel.  Notice the neutral and ground wires on the same bus bar in the sub panel.  Proper bonding and grounding is a problem issue for a lot of people.P

Added Sub Panel Lexington KY Home Inspections

No strain relief clamps or bushings to protect the wires from the sharp edge of the box.

Electrical Junction Box - Lexington KY Home Inspections

Cover plates on Junction Boxes?  Who needs them.

Homeowners can (and do) perform a lot of work themselves.  But, especially with electrical, they either need to make sure they really understand the whole concept or hire a professional electrician.

Electricity can kill you or burn down your house. 

Know what you're doing or hire a real electrician.



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KY Lic# HI-2041
B4 U Close Home Inspections & Radon Testing
Georgetown, KY


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Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

Picky picky picky.  If it were not dangerous it would be very funny.

Aug 17, 2012 01:42 AM #1
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

he was just testing the future inspectors to see if they would might notice!

Aug 17, 2012 04:11 AM #2
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing (www.b4uclose.com) - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

Ah Tim, sometimes it's funny even when it's dangerous.  "It only hurts when it's yours."

Gee Mark,  Guess I passed the test!


Aug 27, 2012 09:55 AM #3
Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

I don't usually see the ground and neutrals on the same bus bar. Clearly the concept of alternating current is not understood here.

Oct 01, 2012 02:48 AM #4
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Erby, my husband is a builder/contractor and even though he's built hundreds of homes he does not do electrical work! I glad for that.

Oct 05, 2012 12:23 PM #5
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

That could have been a real disaster for the homeowner...he/she is now going to have an electrician correct the problems and it will cost as much as hiring one in the first place!!

Oct 24, 2012 04:35 AM #6
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Just because you can, sometimes, does not mean you should. 

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