I had a fortune cookie the other day that said, "You discover treasures where others see nothing unusual." Gee, that happens to me every day! That's my job!
The other day was no different. The house information listed a new cook top. Being 25 years old that would not be unusual. And this is one of the treasures I discovered:
You will notice a couple of things. The cable which serviced the old cook top is large and protected with metal. The cable that came with the new unit is similar. That is for a reason. This is a large amperage device. It is dangerous! It needs that protection and should be properly installed, by a professional! The connection you see is live! Who knows how long it has been this way. If the wire nut on the hot wiring should accidentally come off and someone touch that connection it would not be pretty. Were children living there? Children play with interesting stuff. Hmmm...
These two cables should join inside a junction box on the back wall of the cabinet, it should have a water proof cover and the new cable should be secured such that it cannot be accidentally pulled anywhere.
My recommendation: Always read the fortune in your Chinese cookie. It might portend something real! Oh, and hire a home inspector when you buy something. Just to see what treasures he might come up with...
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560