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Homeowner Wiring Gone Wild!

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

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 12 commentsJay Markanich • December 03 2015 04:13AM

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Jay, do people really use disposals...i do so many septics which make it a no-no...yank that baby out I say & give a F to the homeowner...what else did you find...uh, oh!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) about 5 years ago

I think home owners Should not even   attempt to do an electrical wiring on their homes 

Posted by Joe Jackson, Clintonville and Central Ohio Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty) about 5 years ago

From the :know what you don't know school....this person forgot to enroll.

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 5 years ago

Ginny - here 99.8% of houses have disposals.  Even houses with septics get the special "septic disposal," but I don't know how effective they are.

Joe - succintly put.  I like to add a sarcastic post to that sort of thinking.

S&D - I believe that is the largest school in the world.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

It won't take much vibration to cut through that insulation, then pop goes the breaker... hopefully!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 5 years ago

Some sort of spark, pop, shriek, scream would have happened eventually, Fred.  Had that happened when I turned it on they would have blamed it on me!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

Jay, do you miss anything?  I have a lot of respect for the level of detail your reports contain.

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) about 5 years ago

Stephen - I have no problem laying on the floor to check something under a sink!

Once, on a home inspection, there was a smell in a basement bathroom shower and we couldn't figure out why.  I got on my knees and bent down to smell the shower drain, and that was it!  A flipped home put in a shower without a trap.

When I got down there I said, "Sorry for the view..."  But we figured it out!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

Good afternoon Jay,

Uncle Joe strikes again.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 5 years ago

Alive and well, and doing this stuff over and over, Raymond!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

I encourage every buyer to have a home inspection done Jay Markanich because things like this can become dangerously lethal after the purchase is closed

Posted by DEANNA C. SMITH CERTIFIED MOBILE NOTARY, Highest Ranked Certified Mobile Notary in Virginia (Certified Mobile Notary Signing Agent) about 5 years ago

This could have been a big blue flash one day Deanna!  Who knows...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

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