Codes Inspectors Miss More than You Think...

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Home Inspector with Complete Home Inspections, Inc.

Codes Inspectors Miss More than You Think...
loose wiring in panel     I am critical with electrical issues especially when it comes to safety. While inspecting a new construction property located in the of Middle TN area, I was surprised to see so many problems in a recently installed panel.
     It has always been my practice to give the "tug test" on all wiring connections in panels. During the inspection of one of the sub-panels, I found one of the main leads to the was loose at the connecting lug.
     To me, this is a potential shock and fire hazard as aluminum wiring will expand and contract more than copper and can eventually work its way out of the connection. There were also several breaker connections that were loose as well. I often wonder how some of these issues get by the codes inspectors.

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Ed Silva
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Michael, when you were pulling on those wires did you have a nice insulated pair of pliers, or the bare finger approach? Very few inspectors will give a big pull inside the panels.

September 05, 2011 04:25 PM
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Pat, Ben and Martin Mullikin
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Very frightening that someone's lax performance of their (government) job puts people's lives at risk.

September 05, 2011 05:39 PM
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This really does not bode well for the home owner. And then there are the home owners that don't get permits. Home inspections are a must when you buy a home for these 2 reasons alone.

September 06, 2011 09:20 AM
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Michael, I'm a little surprised at the number of home buyers that don't think it's necessary to have a home inspector because because they're buying new construction.   I've seen inspectors catch really big problems in new construction and the buyers are now believers.

September 07, 2011 07:28 PM
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Very informative article and useful information to have.

September 21, 2011 05:08 PM
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