Let's discuss the attic and basements areas

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Let's discuss the attic and basements areas

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jtedesco
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Posted: Aug 16, 2005 9:00 PM       Post Subject:

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Let's discuss the attic and basements areas and what we find wrong when inspecting the electrical systems.
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Christopher Radan

Stem to Stern Inspection Services
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Posted: Aug 16, 2005 10:09 PM       Post Subject:
Attics, most commonly-found:

*Completely unenclosed branch wiring connections
*Open junction boxes
*Unsupported and/or unprotected NM

Basements, most commonly-found:

*Same as attics
*Disconnected bonding straps and grounding electrode conductors at metallic water service entry piping
*Lack of GFCI's

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John Jackson

Jackson Home Inspections
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Posted: Aug 17, 2005 7:57 AM       Post Subject:
Also, in the basement is usually were I find the panelboxes. Here we have double taps and double lugged neutrals, inadequate access to panel, improper gounding and bonding. Also, in sub panels, the absence of a floating neutral-the neutral is grounded right to the box.

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William Decker

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Posted: Aug 17, 2005 11:08 AM       Post Subject:
I usually call out any water carrying device if it is not GFCI protected, like sump and ejector pumps or water pressure boost pumps.

In attics, I see a lot of sub standard (most, times, just zip cord) used to run new service to ceiling fans and can lights. Note: Around here, only wire in EMT or some kind of rigid metal conduit is allowed. Not my rule, theirs.

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Will Decker
Decker Home Services
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John Murray

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Posted: Aug 23, 2005 7:11 PM       Post Subject:

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Michael Gault

A to Z Home Inspections, LLC
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Posted: Aug 24, 2005 7:57 AM       Post Subject:

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Larry Ewens

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Posted: Aug 24, 2005 3:43 PM       Post Subject:
Don't forget my personal favorite, Knob and Tube buried in 8" of insulation in the attic.

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Michael Gault

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Posted: Aug 24, 2005 3:52 PM       Post Subject:
Couldn't see it without moving said insulation...
sorry. icon_biggrin.gif

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