Don’t try this at home

Home Inspector with AllSpec Professional Property Inspections Inc

 While at yesterdays inspection I opened the electrical panel in the house. I noticed that one of the neutral wires had melted insulation. According to most SOP I’d report the observation and course of action and I am done.

Since I corporately or personally have no SOP I decided to touch the wire to feel if it was hot and would pose a present danger. Not smart, since my laser thermometer was a mere 20 feet away. That wired which was connected to the neutral buss bar started sparkling and started glowing. I grabbed the neutral wire and pulled it out of the buss. I checked the neutral for voltage and it had 120 volts.

Somebody screwed up and could have killed someone or burned down the house.

Have a great day inspecting.



AllSpec Professional Property Inspections Inc is a home inspection company doing home inspection in Miami Dade county, Broward county, and Palm Beach county. I am a certified inspector by the highest and best in the profession my grandson. See picture below. His testing is second to none and he proctors all his tests and personally checks on my CEUs. If I get lax or out of hand he will suspend my certification. It is the most prestigious and limited home inspection organization on earth. He is currently researching a certified master board certification but he thinks some guy already register it. He is in contact with a major university to start a doctoral program in home inspection.



Chuck Carstensen
RE/MAX Results - Elk River, MN
Minnesota/Wisconsin Real Estate Expert

Sounds dangerous.  Glad that the house did not burn down.

Aug 12, 2008 04:45 AM
Rich Mielke
REMAX Results, Frederick MD - Frederick, MD
REALTOR, Frederick Maryland Real Estate

Shocking, I say!

Aug 12, 2008 04:54 AM
Robert Monk
100% Realty, Inc. - Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Florida Real Estate

Horrible!  You be careful....

I saw you comment about being threatened by a POA for having a magnetic sign on your car door....  Where are POA's going with their power plays?

Aug 31, 2008 01:59 AM
Steve Hall
RE/MAX United - San Marcos, CA
Make the Call to Hankins and Hall

Great catch.  Saved a life!

Aug 31, 2008 10:43 AM