Now that is tacky!

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Home Inspector with Charles Buell Inspections Inc.

     I found something on today's inspection that I just couldn't wait to share.  I think this takes the notion of "do-it-yourself" home repairs to a whole new level----like to the stars and beyond.  "Occasionally" I will pull a switch plate cover for one reason or another----in this case to see if the wiring in this 60's vintage home had grounded type wiring----and perhaps the ground was not being used (but that is a topic for an upcoming blog).  Previous to this I think one of the strangest light switches I had found was the bandaged switch I blogged about a while back.

     But like I said----this one takes the cake.  Typically the switch is held in place with two screws.  Most switches have little Mickey Mouse ears---two at the top---two at the bottom that help to stabilize the switch on the wall surface.  In this case the screws were missing and the four Mickey Mouse ears had these strange little white covered things at each ear.  Can you guess what they are?

tacky switch 

Yup----thumb tacks!  UL Approved thumb tacks you think?  Me thinks not.

Charles Buell

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Cynthia Bartch
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Hi Charles, I've enjoyed reading your posts, they are informative & infused w/ humor. It made me laugh out loud when I ran my cursor over you smiley on this post, "Even this one;)"!

August 26, 2008 07:26 PM
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Cheryl, the things I find interesting are the things that I find through pure luck.  We do not routinely remove cover plates.  I know inspectors that would never remove one even if they had a reason to.  It always leaves me wondering what we miss as inspectors.  The inspector that claims to find all defects is clearly mistaken in my opinion:)

Cynthia, if I can keep you laughing----that is a good thing:)

August 26, 2008 07:54 PM
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Carol Culkin
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Now that's funny! LMAO!

August 28, 2008 08:11 PM
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Phillip R. Smith Sr.
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If the cover was on the switch you may of not found it.

Did you remove the cover on other switches to see if they where repaired the same.

August 29, 2008 09:05 AM
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Carol, sometimes it is very difficult not to burst into laughter in front of the buyer:)

Phillip, I didn't take off any more covers but I did warn my buyer that they might have a good supply of tacks in their future:)

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