Anytime you have to find a hiding water heater, there are going to be other hidden surprises.
Here is one.
When I can’t see wiring, and other things I have seen around a house that give me pause, if not fright, I wonder about them, and want to know. I’m like that. So when I saw this cable duck under things stored in a kitchen cabinet, I wanted to see what I could. So I moved stuff out.
And, after I moved out a bunch of stuff, this is what I found!
Look carefully. Tucked away in that little cavity in the back of the cabinet is the top of a wire nut. It is one of two. They make up this disposal’s connection.
It might be surprising that this has not shorted out by now from water or stored-product spills, but looking carefully you might see the electric tape on the wire nut. I think that effectively sealed it off to no moisture would get inside.
It’s still incorrect!
But tape is obviously better than no tape…
A better installation would have utilized a visible and accessible junction box. I like to see such boxes secured properly to the cabinet, with connector clamps holding the cables to the box. Sometimes I see them fixed to the floor of the cabinet, which is alright but not preferred.
As you already know, there should also have been a connector clamp holding that cable into the bottom of the disposal.
My recommendation: If the connection won’t come to you, sometimes you have to go to the connection. You might be surprised what you find out!
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