Inspection Photo of the Day...

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Home Inspector with Complete Home Inspections, Inc.

Inspection Photo of the Day...
     Electric panels. In Davidson Country/Metro Nashville, rehabs that under go an electrical upgrade must conform to current standards. Such was the case in an inspection. A new box was installed but the installation was not up to current standards
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     A novice might notice the missing breaker in the lower right, but an experienced inspector see's much more than that. The litany is as follows:
     Arc Fault breakers for bedroom circuits not installed
     Panel legend not in place
     Missing handle ties on 220/240 circuits {There were 3 sets of these (see inset to right. the bottom breaker is correct)}

     These were some of the issues I found before I removed the panel cover. There were more issues inside. I scratched my head and wondered, who is sleeping on the job, or is this just another drive-by inspection by the metro codes department...

 


For other posts in this series:

     Inspection Photo of the Day ~ 13 April 2010
     Inspection Photo of the Day ~ 14 April 2010
     Inspection Photo of the Day ~ 15 April 2010
     Inspection Photo of the Day ~ 15 April 2010
     Friday's Fotos (Inspection Photo of the Day) ~ 16 April 2010
     Inspection Photo of the Day ~ 23 April 2010

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Rainmaker
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg WV Real Estate, Greenbrier County
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Michael, you are really on top of home inspections. I appreciate all your informative posts.

April 24, 2010 05:47 AM
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Dick and Dixie Sells
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Metro Codes really had some teeth when I was there. What the heck? I am very respectful of electricity! Scary stuff!

April 24, 2010 06:04 AM
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James Quarello
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JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

Michael, Here in CT a new panel in an existing house does not have to have AFCI breakers. I found this out after citing it as a defect in a rehab. City inspector, who I know and is very good, said not necessary. I had a head scratching moment right after that news.

April 24, 2010 06:40 AM
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James, One has to watch the "codes" for every municipality that is for sure. Since they also upgraded the wiring, they had to upgrade the breaker. Had it been 2 wire convention, this would not have been necessary...

Thanks for the comment

April 24, 2010 07:02 AM
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Dorie Dillard
Realtor-Canyon Creek- NW, Austin TX Homes For Sale
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Good morning Michael,

I do not take electrical issues lightly. Unfortunately the installation is only as good as the installer!

April 24, 2010 07:11 AM
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Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Century 21 AA Lindenhurst NY
Long Island NY Real Estate Agent

Hi Michael, great tips! Electrical is one area I never fool around with. I can change a fixture but it ends there. Have a great weekend Michael!

April 24, 2010 07:13 AM
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Charles Buell
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In older houses upgrading the bedroom circuits to AFCI protection could be costly because it would often take three or more AFCI breakers to cover all the circuits that might be there.

April 24, 2010 07:55 AM
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Richard Weisser
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Michael...

Electrical codes are dynamic, thanks to technology and safety improvements. Thanks for the heads-up.

April 24, 2010 08:23 AM
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Charles, True. Because the property had been gutted and rewired, the breakers also had to be upgraded...

Thanks for the comment

April 24, 2010 08:28 AM
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Kristin Johnston, Waukesha Realtor 414-254-6647
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Mike, I learn so much from your posts....great info as always.  I should share these with my hubby too, but you are teaching me so much, I don't even need him ha ha ha!

April 24, 2010 09:08 AM
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Larry Brewer
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Michael - Thanks for the pictures, and the description. I'm sure a lot of rehab projects have the same type of problems that inspectors never get the chance to report, because the buyer didn't hire one. I'll reblog this one.

April 24, 2010 09:34 AM
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Richard Strahm
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That's why we love our home inspectors!  No novice home buyer could ever figure this stuff out!

April 24, 2010 09:51 AM
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Debi Boucher
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It's a good thing we have you and other inspectors to watch our backs - sure can't depend on our county people....LOL

Debi

April 24, 2010 10:45 AM
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Paul Henderson
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That is why I always hire a professional, my clients try to skimp but it is far to important!
I hope you're having a good weekend Michael,
Paul

April 24, 2010 11:12 AM
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Craig Rutman
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Once again you've proved why it is so important to have a professional home inspection performed before completing a purchase.

April 24, 2010 11:13 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
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Michael, electrical boxes are such a mystery to most of us.  It's great to have a home inspector who can sort it all out.

April 24, 2010 12:07 PM
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Judi K Barrett
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Michael,

Thanks for reminding everyone how important it is to get the electircity right!  Super important.

April 24, 2010 08:21 PM
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Roland Woodworth
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Very interesting Michael - So many things get bast the average person. Good thing we have great home inspectors such as yourself to find these things.

April 24, 2010 11:56 PM
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Charles McDonald
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I hate electical issues and that is why I always use an expert, like yourself, to inspect!

your friend in Charlottesville Virginia!

April 25, 2010 07:43 AM
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Dan Quinn
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I'm guessing this work was never inspected by the metro codes dept (the work was done without permits) or a drive by. 

April 25, 2010 02:41 PM
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