For sure, this wiring would not be approved by a Boy Scout getting a merit badge.
There are more than 100 merit badges that a Boy Scout can earn. One of them is called "Electricity." This is one of the requirements to get the Electricity Merit Badge. The requirements take up two whole pages: "Complete an electrical home safety inspection of your home, using the checklist found in this pamphlet or one approved by your counselor. Discuss what you find with your counselor."
So, let's say a 13 year old is crawling around the house and sees this. I bet, I JUST BET(!), he would report this as an unsafe wiring condition!
That is what you think it is.
It is an electrical cable, stripped to the bare wires, and stuck into a receptacle, which is hanging loosely in an attic space.
Should we find out if it's hot? Why yes, yes it is!
What is it servicing? I am not sure, as from here the wire runs under the insulation in the attic space. But it goes toward the far corner of the attic. I know what that is!
That's the "NEWLY RENOVATED CLOSET!" on the feature list. And yep, there's a new light fixture in the ceiling there! Mercy me! (Dramatically placing my hand over my forehead) I have the vapors...
This is pathetic. This is unprofessional. And unfortunately this is something home inspectors see all the time!
I would think even that 13 year old Boy Scout would make some big eyes and have a huge smile!
At that point, as his Electricity Merit Badge counselor, I would suggest he next work toward the Safety Merit Badge! ------>
My recommendation: growing up and being an "adult" does not mean that you can skirt the rules and do what you want. Everything has principles, and everything has basics. Sometimes "adults" do things that are unsafe and, frankly, stupid. And this wiring job in the attic was not the only unsafe and stupid thing I found in this house!
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