Hidden boxes- Camera captured. Cle Elum and Kittitas Home Inspections
As I have stated before sometimes the camera is the home inspector’s best tool.
Here is another example of this handy tool. I have a habit of sticking my camera in places I cannot see or easily access.
This was a wall with a cavity above with floor framing and conduits. I reached up and stuck my camera up there and take a few pictures.
When I return back to the office and start preparing my report I go through my pictures and review my home inspection again. Many times I will see something that I did not see or notice while on the inspection.
Here we have a junction box that was hidden in the ceiling. This is a no-no in wiring practices. All junction boxes have to be accessible.
There is good reason for this. These are the weak link in any circuit wiring. And as you see in this example further evaluation and repair is in need.
The NEC (National Electrical Code) states-
314.29 Boxes, Conduit Bodies, and Handhole Enclosures to Be Accessible.
Boxes, conduit bodies, and handhole enclosures shall be installed so that the wiring contained in them can be rendered accessible without removing any part of the building or, in underground circuits, without excavating sidewalks, paving, earth, or other substance that is to be used to establish the finished grade.
Accessible (as applied to wiring methods) is defined as; capable of being removed or exposed without damaging the building structure or finish or not permanently closed in by the structure or finish of the building.
“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.”
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