Nashville Home Inspection - Electrical Panel Issues - 10-17-10

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Home Inspector with HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

Nashville Home Inspection - Electrical Panel Issues

Bugs in the electrical panel, what harm can that be?  Well, look at the picture below.  Any harm there?  How did this happen?

HINT:  Bugs, like water, need a hole to get inside the panel.

Rusted HVAC Panel with Open Knockout

ANSWER:  Electrical panels have concentric circles called knockouts.  They are used for entry/exit of conductors (wires).  An electrician can literally knock them out to allow conductors to pass through, a great little feature of all electrical panels.  But, if they are knocked out and then not used, a hole will remain.  Holes in the electrical panels can allow all kinds of bad things to get into the panel.  Things like water, insects, little fingers, or little fingers holding metal things like Daddy's screwdriver.  All bad things to pass through an open knockout and into the panel where live electricity is located.  In the pic above we see the effect of water and insects entering the panel through open knockouts on the top and bottom of the panel.  A lot of damage has been done and this panel needs to be replaced.

Thank You,

Richard Acree

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Jack Clausen
JLC Inspections Inc.

Nice, also looks as if they are using water PVC for the conduit, is that allowed in Nashville?

October 17, 2010 09:43 PM
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Richard Acree
Home Inspections - Nashville TN
HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

Good point Jack.  I did not take the photo so I am not sure, but it does look suspicious.  It also may be the light that made the pipe in the pic look so white.  But to answer your question, NO, PVC is not allowed for conduit in Nashville. 

Thanks,

Richard Acree

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC 

http://habitecinspections.com  

October 17, 2010 10:55 PM
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David Swartz
Advantage Inspection Service

Wow. That panel is in BAD shape. Some of the photos we share from home inspections are just amazing. Do you have a blog outside of Activerain? We'd be interested in linking with you. http://homeinspectorsaz.com/

October 25, 2010 06:12 PM
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Richard Acree
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HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

Thanks David.  Yes, this is one of my favorites.  Awesome the power of nature!?  I do have outside blogs on Blogger and WordPress, but they are mostly repeats of these on ActiveRain.  I do that for other audiences. 

Thank you,

Richard Acree

HABITEC Home and Building Inspections, LLC

http://habitecinspections.com

October 25, 2010 09:32 PM
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