It took some effort, but I found this.
A furnace room was newly finished, with improper framing, wiring, and they tapped a GFI in the nearby bathroom to create the circuit for the lights and receptacles in this new room. Really professional.
To give a word to the work, it was a MESS.
A new sort of chase was created, apparently to hide an HVAC duct.
That would not be uncommon.
But, I knew from my experience that this area was also where a builder would leave, or people would have, a light fixture.
I could just feel it.
Given what I had seen already, in terms of how, well, um, how professional a job this was, I suspected that light fixture was hidden also by the drywall.
There was only one small place where I could see that.
So, squeezing my ladder into the furnace section of the room, and peeking into a hole 8' high, I saw this!
Employing my cutest ballet move, and believe me, if you were watching it was cute*, I stretched out and was able to touch my voltage tester to the wires.
Behold and lo!
I'm pretty sure it's hot!
Prior to "finishing" the room, this professional had at some point replaced the builder's incandescent light with this fluorescent one. It's really well done!
My recommendation: sometimes new "remodeling" just speaks to you. Become a Remodeling Whisperer, and listen carefully! If what you hear doesn't sound right, or feel right, have it investigated. Hiring a bulldog home inspector with cute ballet moves doesn't hurt either. And be sure to watch his moves. Applause is always appropriate.
* Even Mighty Mo was laughing.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560