Electrical receptacles CANNOT be shared.
It's possible I have not seen this before. I don't think I have.
This homeowner decided to finish the basement.
Apparently a kitchen needed to be installed down there as well.
A portion of the basement had been finished by the builder, but all that needed to change.
But some of what the builder had done, like the electrical, was used by the homeowner, but in an improper way.
This is the new receptacle for the new kitchen range.
It is a high-amperage appliance, with a high-amperage wire. But the best place for the range was right where a receptacle from the previous electrical installation was present. The new range needed its own receptacle!
It was not possible to see inside the wall, but the previous circuit junction box may still be in there. And not fooling around with this receptacle I don't know if there was a junction box for the wires sticking out from inside the wall or not (I suspect not). But I don't care.
This is pathetic and dangerous!
The wire from the original receptacle is sticking out from behind the new range receptacle. That black wire is still hot!
It is my practice to pull out a range to see the connections behind. Without saying a word to my client, a young lady, I showed her this receptacle and asked her what she thought. She said it doesn't look right. And further she asked, "is that safe?"
If it doesn't look right to someone who does not do electricity or inspections for a living, you can bet it probably isn't right. And this isn't right!
My recommendation: what possesses people to do dangerous or silly or very unprofessional things to their houses and then try to sell these things to other people is beyond me. But I am beyond surprised, even when I see something new! And this was new! This is the same basement with the "kitchen" sink drain that runs uphill for about 20'. I'm not sure what people are thinking, except that they want this or that in their house and don't want to spend money on a professional to do it right.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560