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This Wiring Would Not Be Approved By A Boy Scout Getting A Merit Badge

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!

 

 

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 14 commentsJay Markanich • March 26 2016 03:24AM

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Good morning Jay.  OH MY! talk about a fire hazard.  I would say unbelievable but I'm sure you've seen that one before.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 2 years ago

Good morning Jay. That is the saddest attempt at wiring I think I have ever seen. Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 2 years ago

I have James, but I'm not sure I've seen it as part of a permanent wiring installation!

Pretty clever, Wayne?  What would that 13 year old think?!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Now Jay Markanich ...that looks to me like that new fangled "Industrial style" of decorating that you just probably have not learned to appreciate yet...albeit...Boy Scout style !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 2 years ago

As one of the local Boy Scout Electricity and Safety Merti Badge counselors I think this little house could be a real object lesson, S&D!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

You see something like that and the thoughts are what were they thinking.  Not even a patch while running to get the plug needed to complete the job.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 2 years ago

I hear the seller, and remodeler, here is a builder Ed!  He would not build my house...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Not to mention the dangling receptacle box... how is those wires staying in that receptacle? The guy probably has to climb up there and stick them back in once in a while.... yeah, prob!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) over 2 years ago

There were a dozen hanging boxes Fred.  The basement workroom looked like the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

I think that attic thing is the "permanent" wiring for the closet light!  He'll get back around to it one day to do it right...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

OMG!  Someone actually did that intentionally?  How could anyone think that this would even be acceptable under any circumstances?

Posted by Stephen Weakley (Nationwide Mortgage Services) over 2 years ago

Hi Jay - He stuck the wires in the receptacle?!!! Oh my! That's gotta be way up there on the "worst ever" list. Amazing.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 2 years ago

They probably don't Stephen, and maybe thought it would never be seen!

Dick - it is amazing, but creativity does reign in our world!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

Wow! Ive seen everything now!

Posted by Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography - Bryant Payden, Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography (B. Payden Photography, LLC) over 2 years ago

Every time I say that, Bryant, I am amazed to a new level!  So I don't say it anymore!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 2 years ago

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