Shocking DIY Nightmare! Electric Wiring at its Absolute Worst.

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     "Wiring is not a Hobby.  Call an Electrician." says the well-known bumper sticker.  The owner of this house obviously never heard that, as these shocking photographs reveal!

     The first example is a do-it-yourself outlet for a window air conditioner.

Bad Wiring Electric Outlet Tallahassee House For Sale

     "No outlet?  No problem!  We'll just run a wire from somewhere else and install an outlet.  No outlet cover?  We'll just leave it off."

     In the photo, I unplugged the AC unit so that you can see the detail.  This is located at floor level.  Can you imagine a young child sticking his or her finger into that outlet box?  Notice also the black burn mark on the stud.  That was caused by heat or sparks!


     The second example is an outlet inside the master bedroom closet. 

Bad Wiring DIY Electric in Tallahassee Home For Sale

     The Owners wanted a wall-mounted television to watch while in bed.  They hung the rack for the TV on the wall next to the closet.  They then drilled a hole in the wall and pulled a wire through it.

     "No outlet, no problem.  We'll run a wire from somewhere and add our own outlet.  What do you mean, we have no electric tape?  Who cares; we can use masking tape."   

     Notice also that they cut off the grounding wire to make this a 2-prong ungrounded electric circuit!

 Illegal Wiring Tallahassee Florida Real Estate

     These illegally wired outlets could cause an electrocution.  Either outlet could result in a whole house fire. 

     Were such a tragedy to occur, Investigators from the Fire Department and/or the Insurance Company would discover the illegal wiring.  This could be grounds for a denial of any Insurance claim.

     Tallahassee House For Sale with Illegal Wiring

     Friends, you can buy electrical wire and components at Lowe's, Home Depot, even Walmart.  But if you are not an experienced electrician, you are doing something that is very dangerous and potentially fatal!

     Like the bumper sticker says, "Wiring is not a Hobby.  Call an Electrician."

     Personal note by the blog author:  I spent 4 years as a high-voltage electric power lineman during the 1970's.

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Jordon Wheeler
The Jordon Wheeler Group - Fairburn, GA
J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service

Hey Fred,

Looks like people asking for a catastrophe.  Better to spend the money and get an expert.  Best of GREAT success to you in 2014!

Mar 08, 2014 12:28 AM #24
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Wow!  Those are some pretty scary pictures!  I have seen similar "repairs" in the past.  

Mar 08, 2014 02:04 AM #25
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

I'm amazed these people are still alive and have not become subject to Darwinism.

Mar 08, 2014 03:24 AM #26
Shelley Rowton
Move To Realty - Austin, TX
ABR, RSPS - (512) 507-5779 MoveToRealty of Austin

Elizabeth took the words right out of my mouth.  I've done my share of wiring but make sure it is beyond right!  Thanks for sharing - it's always "fun" to see these crazy DIY's!

Mar 08, 2014 03:29 AM #27
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Oh man, what a mess.  They are so lucky they weren't fried.

Mar 08, 2014 05:26 AM #28
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

It's funny but it's really not. This person actually thought they knew what they were doing which makes them the most dangerous types of weekend warrior.


Mar 08, 2014 05:54 AM #29
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Fred-It's a miracle that some of us are walking around today considering the unsafe condidtions seen in homes and businesses across the nation.

Mar 08, 2014 06:18 AM #30
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Good grief is about all I can say. You may have saved some lives.

Mar 08, 2014 07:02 AM #31
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

And we wonder why houses go up in flames!  Because of these DIY fixes.  Amazing!

Mar 08, 2014 07:16 AM #32
Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Thank you, EVERYONE for your comments!

     Just a follow up...  these Illegal Outlets have been professionally removed, as well as 2 other DIY electric issues in the same house.  All is well now.

Mar 08, 2014 08:08 AM #33
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

Fred, good thing you have experience in hgih-voltage wiring so you could spot the problems right away. 

Mar 08, 2014 09:02 AM #34
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Fred, So glad to hear that these dangerous electric issues have been corrected. Thanks to you for being knowlegeble, professional and aware of safety.

Mar 08, 2014 09:48 AM #35
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Those photos are very scary ... glad that you were able to convince these homeowners to call in a professional.

Mar 08, 2014 11:28 AM #36
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
My friend's dad the contractor talks about this stuff all the time. It's a shame! Love and light, Laura
Mar 08, 2014 12:58 PM #37
Jeffrey Hogue
Weichert Realtors Neighborhood One - Wyomissing, PA
Berks County Real Estate Pro

i think I sold some of tehse houses:) I agree...get an electrician. This is not woodshop. Electric can really hurt you.


Mar 08, 2014 02:59 PM #38
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

Yeowza! I do see that level do electrical incompetence too often, Fred. Definitely a hazard.

Mar 08, 2014 10:54 PM #39
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
28 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Fred, what a shocking example of poor electrical work (pun intended). Wow, it is amazing how people would skimp on something so important.

Mar 09, 2014 12:19 AM #40
Rob Ernst
Certified Structure Inspector - Reno, NV
Reno, NV-775-410-4286 Inspector & Energy Auditor

I see stuff like this all the time as a Home Inspector. It never stops amazing me how bad some of these projects get and nothing burns up.

Mar 09, 2014 01:30 AM #41
Kaye Swain
Keller Williams Real Estate Roseville CA - Roseville, CA
Your Roseville Real Estate Agent

Oh wow! Thanks for an excellent example. I'm sharing this on Pinterest AND reblogging. Thank you! 

Mar 09, 2014 03:37 PM #42
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

I'm surprised this house didn't catch on fire while you were taking these photos. 

Mar 10, 2014 09:06 AM #43
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