Bellingham Home Inspection (King of the House): 240 Volt Circuits

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Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

 I have been looking at some of my "bozo" electrical photos today -- compilations from a number of my inspections. This is not an uncommon scenario. In this case, someone removed the 240 volt circuit from the water heater and just left the energized wires hanging there with a couple wire nuts on them. An inquisitive kid could be killed here as each wire, referenced to ground, which the tank was at by being hooked into the metal water pipes, would deliver 120 volts. If both nuts were off, the two hot wires would deliver the full 240 volts. While this situation was odd, it is not at all uncommon to find electric hot water tanks where the 240 volts is still hooked to the tank wiring but the connections are made with wire nuts and no door is in place to protect the inquisitive from live wires under the easily removable wire nuts.

 

Thanks for looking.

www.kingofthehouse.com

Steven L. Smith

Bellingham Home Inspector

 

 

 

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Rainer
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Sean Allen
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Holy cow....That is amazing. Surprized someone hasn't been killed by those wires.

Sean Allen

December 02, 2007 07:38 PM
Rainmaker
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Steven L. Smith
Bellingham WA Home Inspector
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc
Inspectors see weird stuff. That is why I have so much to blog about.
December 02, 2007 07:50 PM
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Trevor Ainsworth
Burlington Vermont Real Estate
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that looks like big trouble. good thing there are home inspectors to find these issues before thare are real propbems.
December 02, 2007 08:54 PM
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David Helm
Bellingham, Wa. Licensed Home Insp
Helm Home Inspections
Hopefully the home inspector will find these things.  I also wonder about the people living in the house with these issues.  That no one has been hurt is probably just luck.
December 02, 2007 10:41 PM
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Steven L. Smith
Bellingham WA Home Inspector
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc
Right on David.
December 03, 2007 08:35 AM
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Steven L. Smith, King of the House Home Inspection, provides information for real estate buyers, sellers and real estate industry professionals. Blog posts emphasize issues commonly found in Bellingham, WA and Whatcom County. Smith is Washington State Licensed Home Inspector #207, a state licensed structural pest inspector, ASHI certified inspector #252760 and one of the most experienced inspectors in the northwest corner of the Pacific Northwest. Steven L. Smith is lead instructor of home inspection at Bellingham Technical College and teaches classes for Washington State University and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Steve was a two-term member of the state licensing board.