This show doesn't come on as infomercials late at night, but let's call it Homeowner Electrical Wiring Gone Wild!
It starts with a completely remodeled home - new kitchen, new bathrooms, bedrooms redone and beautiful.
There was a new roof and siding as well!
The kids even had their own spot out back, a small deck comfortably tucked into the wooded area behind the house.
But wait! How could the chillens listen to music and play video games without power in the deep, dark woods?
No problem! Dad to the rescue!
Thinking carefully, what better way to extend power to a deck far from the house than with an extension cord!
That's the ticket!
Let's see - one end at the deck and the other at a power source.
What to do?
What to do?
There is a light fixture on the outside of the house conveniently located for such a job!
All we have to do it take off that light fixture and connect the black to black and white to white, running the cord out from under the fixture!
What could be easier?
There are three wires in the extension cord.
But don't worry about that bare copper wire.
There's no where to attach it anyway.
Well, it's bare, so how important can it be?
The extension cord can just stay out there at the deck so the kids can use it anytime they want!
That is what I am told was the scenario.
The house partially burned, inside and out.
The whole house filled so completely with black smoke, from the plastic, that the interior needs to be gutted, taken down to the studs, sprayed with deodorizer and then drywalled anew.
All of the insulation, carpets, siding, roof, appliances (the fire was just outside the new kitchen) and windows will need replacement.
This was a big deal. Fire damage always is.
And all this so the kids can do more than just sit on a deck and talk.
What fun is talking?
My recommendation: the day likely will not come when someone thinks they can do a quickie electrical project around the house. And do it without understanding of electricity, wiring, grounding or common sense. It's best to hire a professional. Advice from a friend or neighbor on how to "best" do the job might not be the "best" advice one can get...
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560