Don't give tools to an ignorant Flipper.
When I showed these photos to a couple of home inspectors last week, Charlie Buell wrote back and said, "When you give tools to an idiot, he will do idiotic things."
First, this 1967 electric panel box, and the wiring, is original.
The cover has been painted multiple times, and as such I was reluctant to try to cut into the wall to remove it.
However, opening it up I found something I don't remember seeing before.
Someone, likely Herr Flipper, wanted to install a new circuit breaker in the box to accommodate a new stackable washer and dryer combo.
But being an old box, the cover knockout openings did not accommodate the size of the newer breaker required to do that.
So, what to do? Simply make it happen!
Drilling and cutting to enlarge the opening, the Flipper got the new breaker to fit! Sure, there's a gap over the breaker and holes on the sides, but it fits!
The National Electric Code does not allow unused openings, or holes, or gaps in an electric panel box for reasons.
Sparks can escape, animals can get inside, and bad things can happen.
It is certain there was no permit pulled for this installation. In this particular county a permit is required for ANY new electrical installation. And this beauty would never have been approved. It is ignorance on parade.
But beyond, the new breaker services a new receptacle to install a new washer and dryer!
Two problems with that. First, it drains its water at a 90 degree angle into a bathroom sink drain just off photo. And, second, it vents into that cute little bucket beside the dryer.
Dryers are required to vent directly outdoors. Period.
ONE OF THE REASONS MY CLIENT WAS ATTRACTED TO THIS UNIT WAS THAT IT HAS A WASHER/DRYER!
It is jammed into a small bathroom, cramping the sink and toilet, and looks odd, but at least the unit has a laundry room! No other unit in the development does, and for a reason. They can't be vented outdoors!
My recommendation: sometimes features which make a place attractive are not features at all! And often, very often, "features" installed by a Flipper are not something you would want to end up buying. ANY TIME you see a property renovated by a Flipper, be sure permits that have been pulled AND closed (meaning inspected by the local jurisdictional authority) are provided. If they are not, or if the listing agent appears not to know if there are any permits, it's probably best just to move on.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560