Double Tapped Breakers

By
Home Inspector with Residential Building Inspectors

This is why Realtors® need to know a little about what Home Inspectors are putting in the report.

Double Tap

An inspector (in Ohio) call this panel out as having a double tap. Here is what he said.

"M Marginal Item is not fully functional and requires repair or servicing."

He even stated that this was a Square D panel in his report.

Double Tap Closer

This is Home Inspector Electrical training 101 that this is NOT a defect. Most Home Inspectors know this but enough do not.

You need to know things like this so that incorrect information does not kill your deals.

Do any of you consult an electrician or an electrical inspector before you show these 'defects' to the seller's agent? An experienced seller's agent would know that this is bad information and may dismiss other parts of the report that you present.

What is your credibility worth?

close

This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the pencil to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Topic:
Home Improvement
Location:
Ohio
Groups:
1st Time Buyers
Ohio Active Rainers
Ohio Home Inspection Info
Services for Real Estate Professionals
Sparky's Plumbing
Tags:
double tapped breakers

Comments 14 New Comment

Anonymous
Post a Comment
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the magnifying-glass to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Rainer
13,031
William Decker
Decker Home Services, LLC

If you have 20 - 30 can lights on one circuit and each is running 100 watt bulbs?  Commonly seen, around here.  And if they were all one circuit, why are there two branch circuit conductors.

In any case, not allowed, per local code, around here.  And I am not going to have my clients call me back when they find that they have a code violation, and expect my insurance to pay for the repair.

BTW, Mike.  Are you insured?  Both G/L and E&O?

January 04, 2010 07:39 PM
Rainer
84,150
Mike Parks
Inspector
Residential Building Inspectors

"BTW, Mike.  Are you insured?  Both G/L and E&O?"

Excuse me? What does that have to do with the point.

Ohh. Change the topic.

"If you have 20 - 30 can lights on one circuit and each is running 100 watt bulbs?  Commonly seen, around here.  And if they were all one circuit, why are there two branch circuit conductors."

This makes no sense. Please rephrase it.

January 04, 2010 07:48 PM
Rainer
13,031
William Decker
Decker Home Services, LLC

20 can lights with 100 watt bulbs is 2000 watts which is 16.6 amps which will trip a 15 amp lighting circuit breaker.  Two such circuits, connected to the same breaker, will produce a load that well exceeds its rating, therefore it will trip.

As to the insurance comment.  A professional has a fiduciary responsibility to their cleints, which means that they have a legal (and moral) duty to protedct their clients.  A tradesman has a mere contractural duty.

I protect my cleints from any mistakes that I may make.  That is why I have insurance, both G/L and E & O.

So, the question asks whether you are a professional or a tradesman.

January 04, 2010 08:04 PM
Rainer
84,150
Mike Parks
Inspector
Residential Building Inspectors

"Two such circuits, connected to the same breaker"

Agreed.

BTW $2,000,000.00

January 04, 2010 08:24 PM
Anonymous #14
Anonymous
Tom Thistle

Hi Guys,

I've recently been hired as an intern by a not-for-profit organization in Canada. One of the projects I am assigned to is to contract a solar photovoltaic system to be installed and power our headquarters. I've been looking through the building inspection and it has double-taps checked off. I'm wondering how this will affect the eventual connection to the photovoltaic system and what could be done to solve this problem. Any help would be appreciated.

 

Thank you

June 10, 2010 11:51 AM
Anonymous
Post a Comment
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the tag to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Rainer
84,150

Mike Parks

Inspector
Ask me a question
*
*
*
Spam prevention

Accessibility option: listen to a question and answer it!

To submit the form,
drag the magnifying-glass to the circle on the side.

Type below the answer to what you hear. Numbers or words, lowercase:

Additional Information

As a Residential Building Official and a Electrical Safety Inspector I receive information on home related issues before the public is made aware of these changes and will share them here as they develop.While I am based out of Columbus Ohio I can help you in other areas of Ohio.