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Is This Not Knowing Or Simply Not Doing It Right?

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

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 20 commentsJay Markanich • December 11 2014 06:38AM
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