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A House Full Of Kids Needs An Extra Fridge In The Basement

This family has lots of kids and an unfinished basement that is partially finished as an ice hockey rink!  And, as we all know, a house full of kids needs an extra fridge in the basement. 

And there it is.  Sitting there just beside the penalty area.

It's full of sodas and water and treats for the kids.

Ice hockey makes you thirsty!  And hungry!

See how it's plugged in on the side?  Right there to the left.

Can't see it too clearly?

There it is, in the left photo, a little more close up.

Just kind of hanging there.

You might think it's a little disappointing.

But really they were thinking ahead!

Kids have a tendency to play with things.

And plug and unplug things.

Well, at least the "installer" took the time to make it safe for the kids to use.

Yes, safe!*

How can you tell it's safe?

By looking at the receptacle!

It's completely encased with electrical tape!

That makes it safe, dontcha know!

That way, if and when sweaty kids, waiting to get a drink, play with the receptacle, they don't get zapped!

This really is convenient.  Everyone is happy!

In the panel box they simply double tapped another circuit.

Brought this yellow (20amp) wired directly out of the side of the panel box cover.

Ran it behind the "wall" they created for the hockey rink.

And coiled the wire to "hang" the receptacle at a convenient height!

Easy peasy!

And to make it safe to touch ... viola! 

We have electrical tape!

I'm thinking my buyers might want to yank that little guy from the panel box!

Or maybe ask the sellers to do it when they leave ...

When they take the fridge with them ...

And the receptacle ...

And the wiring ...

My recommendation:  look around!  You never know what might be hanging around a basement with a hockey rink!

* Tongue in cheek, to be sure.  Everything about this installation is crazy.




Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560


Comment balloon 15 commentsJay Markanich • April 26 2013 02:49AM


What thoughtful parents they are! One could only wish that they had parents as safety conscious as they are. They could have went overboard and added a little duct tape to that electrical tape and they would have gotten an award!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 7 years ago

Funny, I found a similar set up for an in wall A/C unit yesterday. Uncle Bob is universal! 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 7 years ago

Fred - my mother simply said, "Don't stick anything into that plug."  I did anyway, which probably explains a lot.  I have no idea what you are saying.  These guys are very safety conscious.

Jim - alive and well.  I didn't meet the sellers, but I think his name may have been Robert ... no, maybe not.  I don't remember.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Hi Jay,

At least they had enough sense to tape the recpt up. Many are not. I find this stuff all the time. Even under sinks with a leaking drain, YOWSER!

Have a good day in Bristow.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) over 7 years ago

Good morning, Jay....of all the phases of a home to fool with, why do people do such dangerous things with the electrical system..... call an electrician and do it to code.... the life you save may be your own child's life!!  and you can't blame this on the custom builder!!!

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 7 years ago

Had one of those just this morning Clint!

Barbara - this was a "custom homeowner!"  Or his uncle...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay -- that is amazing that they couldn't find a recepticle box to put that into, and keep it solidly attached to the post.  What interesting things you find!

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) over 7 years ago

The last sentence is best Jay - Everything about this installation is crazy.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 7 years ago

Jay - that's an accident just waiting to happen. I can't understand how the owners could think that set up is ok.

Posted by Eric Middleton, Professional Property Inspector (Closer Look Property Inspections Inc.) over 7 years ago

Jay, Seen that one too. It is listed in the UEC ( uncle bob electrical code).

Posted by Donald Hester, NCW Home Inspections, LLC (NCW Home Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

Jay, You see crazy things and this is one of those scary crazy things.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 7 years ago

Morning Jay it is nice to see work that you like.  They are far and few in between

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) over 7 years ago

Steven - this was a dope installation from the start.  Why look for a box?

Tom - I had to put that disclaimer in there because often people don't recognize my sarcasm!

Eric - it had been there for a while too!  They had lots of kids - so if only one or two touch it they have others.

Don - "Chapter 2 - Electricity - the Shocking Facts."

Debbie - this is more common than you think!

Always read to the end James!  The last line is important!


Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

 A little feature that forgot the permit of a professional hmmm ?

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 7 years ago

Permit, schmermit S&D!  What's yer beef?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 7 years ago

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