Homeowner wiring gone wild!
No, it's not a video sold on late-night TV ads.
It's a disposal.
Do you see the red circle?
That is where the wire is supposed to go into the unit.
The wire should be secured with a connector clamp.
Connector clamps look like the above image. They come with every electrical appliance! There was one in the box along with this disposal!
The connector clamp not only holds a wire in place, but also intends to wrap around the insulation so the individual wires inside the protective rubber wrapping are not exposed to danger.
See how the wires are exposed above? See how the plate is cutting into them?
The installer thinks that little slot, intended for the second screw which holds the plate in place, is where one of the wires goes in.
THIS DISPOSAL IS INSTALLED BY SOMEONE WHO HAS NO IDEA WHAT HE IS DOING!
That plate comes off AFTER the wire is put through the connector clamp and the individual wires are connected to each other inside the unit with wire nuts.
Then the plate is secured to protect the inside wiring.
Then the connected clamp is tightened. You could actually connect the clamp first too, but that is a minor detail.
This is a homeowner wiring job gone wild!
My recommendation: check things out. I actually laid on the floor to be able to see this wiring to make sure it was done properly. It was not. A photo is all it takes to prove what is wrong. On the report I simply state what the condition is. I do not tell the seller what has to happen, or how an electrician should fix this. A home inspection report is to simply observe and report.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560