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Electrical Wires Must Be Protected

Electrical wires must be protected.

During a pre-drywall phase, which needs to be checked during inspections, there are many things that need protection - electrical wires, plumbing supply and drain tubes, gas lines, and such.

Looking on the left, this wall framed around to enclose a steel beam column in the basement.  Notice how the electrical wire is run through the middle, not the edge, of the studs.  But the wire was left on one side of the column.

The simple fix is to nail a protective metal plate over the wire to insure that no future nail accidentally punctures it and cause a short.

There were many protective plates elsewhere in the house, but not here.  And it is a simple fix.

My recommendation:  pre-drywall inspections are the only time to see things like this.  There are hundreds of things which must be looked at during such inspections.  And protective cover plates are only one of those things!  Get a pre-drywall inspection as a matter of course!  You never know what things might be found.

 

 

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 10 commentsJay Markanich • January 09 2017 10:45AM

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Yet another reason why pre-drywall inspections are important!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) almost 2 years ago

One of may reasons!  As Billy Shakespeare once said, Kat, "Let me count the ways..."

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

Good morning Jay. When selling new construction, was a big fan of the pre-drywall inspection to make sure all was properly positioned and done correctly! Not all builders are fans though! Enjoy your day!

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

Jay, it isn't often that I get to see an unfinished home/inspection and notes about it. I always learn from you and my other inspector peeps! I go to every one of my home inspections. 

By the way, that profile photo of yours is really great!

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) almost 2 years ago

And I'm a big fan of big fans, Wayne.  So I am your fan.

Gayle - thanks, and the more inspector peeps you have the better, obviously.

That avatar was swiped from this photo Pat Kennedy took at my house last February when we had an AR meeting there.

She loved my sweet, sweet dog, Jenny.

Unfortunately, two days before Thanksgiving we lost Jenny to a snake bite which killed her in two hours.

It was a very sad day.

She was a very dear dog.

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

Good morning Jay. Once again a great focus on what could be a big problem down the line.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) almost 2 years ago

Maybe, maybe not, Sheila, but the code is there so there is NO chance of a problem.

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

Jay, so sorry to hear about Jenny.  Some people will never understand how these four legged creatures can become such a important and fulfilling part of our lives.  Koko sends hugs.

 

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

Thanks Stephen.  She was very dear.  And only 9 years old. 

Our previous dog lived to be almost 20 and died on Christmas Eve!  You are right, they are like children almost!

My wife was really upset by the event.

I made her this print for a Christmas Present.  It went over very well.

Koko looks like a really cool guy!

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

Thank you very much, Jay, for sharing your experience and your advice.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) almost 2 years ago

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