My House Has What? Aluminum Wiring

By
Real Estate Agent with Aspen Lane Real Estate

I have a home which I listed that has Aluminum Wiring which the buyers wanted fixed as part of the Inspection. Well, how much will that cost to fix my clients asked!!!! I truly couldn't even give them a ballpark number. All I knew it had to be a chunk as a Electrician was involved.

I did some research and learn a lot from the Consumer Product Safety Commissions (CPSC) website. The CPSC approves only Three methods for permanent repair.

1) Complete Replacement with Copper Wire

2) COPLALUM Method of Repair

3) Acceptable Alternative Repair Method- AlumiConn Connector

 

The Complete Replacement would have been way too much money, so it came down to options 2 or 3. This meant that every Receptacle, Switch and light had to have a Copper "PigTail" using a special connector. 

                                 

 How Much?                                 Coplalum Crimping

Option #1                                     Option #2                                         Option #3

 

My clients did understand the Buyers concern of the Aluminum Wiring even though the home has had no issues since the build in 1975 and resolved with the "Pigtails". Although still not a cheap fix it sure beats Option #1.

For more information concerning Aluminum Wiring and why is could cause a danger and a completed pamphlet on the acceptable repairs please visit the CPSC website for Aluminum Wiring at  

www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PUBS/516.pdf. This is easy read with only 12 pages

****CPSC reconmends using a Licensed Electrician to repair/replace

 

I hope this helps....

 

 

 

 

Comments (10)

Dan Spencer
Aspen Lane Real Estate - Aurora, CO
Your Colorado Home Source

I am sorry to everyone as there is an extra "i" in wiring in the title. arghhh 

Jul 30, 2014 03:52 AM
June Piper-Brandon
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Ellicott City, MD
Piecing Dreams One Home at a Time

I had a house once with aluminum wiring and never had any problems.  I understand the hazards and had my wiring checked regularly.  The more we know about some products the more we learn in the future.

Jul 30, 2014 03:57 AM
Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

This is an issue that is out there in older homes. Getting insurance is an issue also and can be expensive. Seems more prevalent in the 1970's homes and before.

Jul 30, 2014 04:02 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I had never heard of this issue or considered it.  But I guess if it came up the home inspector would have spotted it.

Jul 30, 2014 04:02 AM
Dan Spencer
Aspen Lane Real Estate - Aurora, CO
Your Colorado Home Source

June - Most homes dont have an issue and thank you for your comment

Bill - The CPSC states the storage of Copper in the mid 60's to 1972 was the cause of using Aluminum. Really not many issues with homes previous to 1965 as they used copper. Thank you for your comment 

Gene -  Hope you continue with your streak!  Thank you for you comment

Jul 30, 2014 04:09 AM
Scott Larson
BHHS/Utah Properties - Park City, UT
Park City, Utah Real Estate News

Hi Dan, you should be able to easily fix the title by the way, just go into "edit" and change it.  That was an informative piece, I really didn't know anything about aluminum wiring to be honest and now I know at least a little bit.

Jul 30, 2014 04:26 AM
Dan Spencer
Aspen Lane Real Estate - Aurora, CO
Your Colorado Home Source

WOOT!!!! Thanks Scott for such an easy fix! Learn something new every day!

Jul 30, 2014 04:30 AM
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Dan~ I like this post! All the time we see "do it yourself" repairs and 9.9 out of 10 times it's a nightmare on all parties involved,,,,

Jul 30, 2014 05:20 AM
Dan Spencer
Aspen Lane Real Estate - Aurora, CO
Your Colorado Home Source

Jon - Thank You! I think your 99.9% comment holds true

Jul 30, 2014 09:48 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Dan I run into this once in awhile here in Phoenix with older homes. Nobody seems to get to nuts about it because most home have been 'fixed' not re-wired.  Inspectors do check to make sure it's been done properly. 

Jul 30, 2014 11:15 AM