On two successive inspections I encountered electrical hidden treasures!
One house was remodeled recently and the other decades ago!
The house on the left had a new kitchen arrangement, including cabinets.
I tripped one of the kitchen GFI receptacles and heard it trip.
But could not locate it anywhere.
Inside, outside, behind the fridge, it was no where to be found!
Not to be deterred we looked further.
Behold and lo, there it was, in the new pantry cabinet, behind the food!
A well-hidden treasure!
Feeling better, we moved on!
The last one was a house that had been added on to many times over it's 50 year life span.
And the kitchen extended.
But the panel box was no where to be found!
And I mean I looked everywhere!
Where would it be in a house that had been so changed, as originally the panel box could have been anywhere, even in a bedroom closet.
Even Chiquilina could not locate where the main service line, attached to the house from the street and passing through the crawl space wall, as where it entered the house was obscured from my view.
Finally, I found it!
In the kitchen cabinet, installed sometime in the 70s, I guessed.
The cabinet framing was in front of the box so closely that I could not even think of removing the cover.
And the door had been removed to better accommodate the cabinet! Yikes!
Feeling better to have found it than not, but not feeling good about its location, at least I had something to report!
My recommendation: neither of these is a proper installation. Electrical things you must have access to must NOT be hidden! It's hard to know where things are sometimes, and you can't always get what you want. But if you try, sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need. And in this case I NEEDED to find some electrical hidden treasures! And did.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560