I ask myself this a lot on home inspections regarding new installations - is this not knowing or simply not doing it right?
It's a valid question and the answer could be either or both!
For instance, looking at what was obviously a brand-new attic fan, I saw this:
But I noticed something immediately.
The fan was wired with a common extension cord.
The extension cord was of such a size that it could be grounded, but extension cords are not intended for permanent, or long-term electrical applications.
Not only is this not good, but there was no dedicated receptacle or junction box for the unit.
Instead, the extension cord was plugged into a plug addition to the attic light fixture.
And, beyond that, the plug addition was two slotted - it could not accept a grounded plug.
So what to do?
The three-prong plug was plugged into a two-prong adapter! I extracted it a bit so the connection could be photographed!
Such a thing as this demonstrates electrical ignorance, or an uncaring attitude. Just get it done, no matter what.
THIS IS WRONG, ALL AROUND! THIS IS WRONG.
My recommendation: look around! Have a home inspector look around! See what there is to see. A home inspector is your best of all Best Practices. This attic fan needs to be properly installed not only for safety, but for future, long-term use. And it needs to be grounded! It passes through the roof!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560