As so often is the case on a "remodeled" house, I found double trouble wiring in this electric panel box.
The first had me saying, "Star light, star bright, first star I have ever seen like this one!"
It was five wires all fitted together and connected with electric tape!
That is a first for me.
I was afraid that even blowing on it might loosen one of the wires in the little star!
And the yellow wire adds to the drama as that is a color typically used in commercial applications. I seldom see them used in residential applications.
They are used residentially, I understand, and usually for wall switch wiring and sometimes three-way switches.
But in this area yellow wiring is mostly used in commercial settings. They aren't bad in a residential box, per se, but whoever did this might have commercial experience.
BUT THE CUTE STAR IS INAPPROPRIATE NO MATTER WHAT!
I also notice a shrink-wrap connection above the star. I have not seen that before in a panel box and am still getting an answer on that one from an electrician friend.
The second problem involved an inappropriate double tap (double lug).
You can see it directly in the center of this photo.
These happen to be Square D circuit breakers. They are made for a certain kind of double tap.
In this double tap the wires would to above and below the gold screw, under a panel created to house them both.
But you can see here that they are both inserted above the gold screw!
And, the visible one is aluminum! The wire it covers is copper...
This was a new circuit I think because there was a white double tap similarly with an aluminum and copper wire inserted together!
So what can you do? Simply report it.
Which is what I did.
My recommendation: when possible, have a look under the panel box cover! Sometimes there is fun to be had! But EXPECIALLY look under there on remodels! Those often provide the most fun!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
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