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Usually It's One Or The Other - Grounded Or Screwed

One of those sayings in life is that being grounded is good and getting screwed is not and usually it's one or the other - grounded or  screwed.  It's a vernacular thing.

Can both happen at the same time?

Apparently so in this kitchen!

This is the receptacle on the kitchen island.

It happens to be the only one at child level.  Maybe a child played with it.

Where the child got a round-head metal screw I don't know, but it got inserted into a logical spot.

That's one of only two roundish holes on the island wall, and just about child level.

It seems some little fellow only had one screw!

And he did the job well.  It is in pretty tight!

Now, if a big fellow did this I would wonder what he was thinking.

It is an interesting way to use a screw in any case, but not a very good one.

My recommendation:  if it looks odd, it usually is.  And this is incorrect by any measure.  Ground holes don't need to be filled with screws, this is not a child-blocking safety thing, and this receptacle is damaged and needs to be replaced. 

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

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

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 18 commentsJay Markanich • January 30 2015 02:03AM

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Jay, very interesting, but replacement is required. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 3 years ago

So, Wayne, it's not child proofed after all?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Just spun in three GFI's and thinking about the all important ground wire. The hole being filled defeats the purpose. We'll hope a new young electrician was just helping out Mom in the kitchen during cookie making. Decided to fill the holes, not Dad or Sparky the electrical contractor.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 3 years ago

A great mystery for Sherlock.  I'm sure you have your pipe in hand and your thinking cap one to find the culprit to this mystery

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 3 years ago

I hope it was a child Andrew!  And not a big person...

James - the house was vacant.  Not likely will I find the culprit, though the hat and pipe might help.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Leave no stone unturned and no screw hole empty.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 3 years ago

Good morning Jay. Fun title and I agree, the receptacle needs to be replaced. Enjoy your day.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 3 years ago

Such is the curiosity of a child Lenn.

Sheila - I agree, the receptacle is screwed.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Just when I thought I had seen it all Jay Markanich

Yeah, it needs to be replaced.

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 3 years ago

That should scare the hell out of a parent! I know the other two are slotted, but if it were a smaller screw the kid may have been able to... zap!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 3 years ago

Jay, craziest thing I have ever seen in a kitchen. Every day is like a box of chocolates.

Posted by Mark Horan, "The Resident Chef" - Resident Team Realty LLC & (Resident Team Realty, LLC & Toni's Property Management LLC) over 3 years ago

We will never see it all Tom.

Fred - my mother told me not to stick anything into that thing on the wall.  You already know what I did...

Mark - it is truly that!  We inspectors say that a lot!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Could have been a real disaster.   Why people just don't take a few precations.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 3 years ago

Well, c'mon, William!  You have a better way to fill that hole?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Now if the kid went for the slot on the right, he'd have been screwed since he was grounded, so to speak. 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 3 years ago

So to speak Jim!  I was told not to stick anything in the socket in my grandmother's house and you know what I did.

It was a butter knife.

And only once...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

Similar experience here. I kiddingly tell folks those plastic protectors for their kids are not necessary. They figure it out on their own 

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 3 years ago

Some of us experiment when we should not Jim.

I think Leonardo would be proud, but he'd still call us knuckleheads.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 3 years ago

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