If it does not look Right!

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Home Inspector with NCW Home Inspections, LLC

If it does not look Right!
Wenatchee Home Inspections



I teach several home buyer’s classes every year to prospective new home buyers. One thing I tell them is when they are looking at homes if something does not look right more times than not it isn’t.

 

Here is an example that most people when they look at it would say, yeah that is probably not right and of course they would be correct.





From the 2014 NEC


From ARTICLE 334 Nonmetallic-Sheathed Cable (Types NM, NMC, and NMS) or what most people refer to as Romex.


334.15 Exposed Work

 

In exposed work, except as provided in 300.11(A), cable shall be installed as specified in 334.15(A) through (C).

(A) To Follow Surface.

Cable shall closely follow the surface of the building finish or of running boards.

 

(B) Protection from Physical Damage.

Cable shall be protected from physical damage where necessary by rigid metal conduit, intermediate metal conduit, electrical metallic tubing, Schedule 80 PVC conduit, Type RTRC marked with the suffix -XW, or other approved means. Where passing through a floor, the cable shall be enclosed in rigid metal conduit, intermediate metal conduit, electrical metallic tubing, Schedule 80 PVC conduit, Type RTRC marked with the suffix -XW, or other approved means extending at least 150 mm (6 in.) above the floor.

Type NMC cable installed in shallow chases or grooves in masonry, concrete, or adobe shall be protected in accordance with the requirements in 300.4(F) and covered with plaster, adobe, or similar finish.


As you can see this does not meet the requirement for protection. Let alone performed in a workmanlike manner.



 


 



“An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.”

Orlando Aloysius Battista




 


 








If you find any errors or have additional information that would expand on any code, building standards or manufacturer requirements please let me know.

 

 


 




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Harry F. D'Elia
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Just from the picture it does not look good.

Dec 28, 2016 06:30 AM #1
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
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Good morning Donald Hester that is a mess!!  I've seen, and learned so much from attending home inspetions with my Buyers.  Even after this many years in real estate I still come across situations where I can learn, and help my next client when viewing a home in terms of what to watch out for and identify.  also makes me look good iin the eyes of the Buyer!!

Dec 28, 2016 06:50 AM #2
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Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
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Donald Hester you are so right, that's one of the things I tell all of my Buyers when having an inspection.. I try to educate them before the inspection on the concept  that "There Is No Perfect house" ... don't sweat the small stuff that is an easy fix.. look for major items... 

Dec 28, 2016 07:01 AM #3
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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Would I be mistaken to call that an error?  Will it be corrected and if so would I be in error in calling it a mistake?

Says he, with a sly grin.

Dec 28, 2016 10:18 AM #4
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks so much for sharing your experience and your advice.

Have an outstanding week.

Jan 08, 2017 06:09 PM #5
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Geordie Romer
Windermere Real Estate / NCW - Leavenworth, WA
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Although we do see home buyers get a little over excited about cracks. Find a crack in the drywall or a crack in the sidewalk and they often think the house is likely to fall in on itself at any time ;)

 

Jan 13, 2017 02:42 PM #6
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Gene Allen
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I agree.  The light should have have a globe around it.

Jan 29, 2017 06:30 AM #7
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