When is enough enough? Electrical issues that should not be.

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When is enough enough? Electrical issues that should not be.

It only took 109 years for this home to get to this point.

This home was built in 1905, started out with Knob and Tube wiring and then "Upgraded" to fiber coated lines then finally the standard Romex style was installed.

But major issues remain. It seems that each and every time the home's electrical had been worked on, the electricians never removed from service the older electrical components.

Take a look at the way this homes electrical was a "Nightmare to inspect".

The incoming service was correct. But then it went from good to bad to really bad.

Heading down the stairwell to the basement. Here is what I found. WOW.

Electrical panels.

Here is Five panels and boxes to inspect in the stairwell alone.

Note the lines that come out of the center main breaker panel.

When I saw this mess, all I could think of was "Oh No".

This was justified when I got to the basement and found the second round of breaker and fuse panels.

Panels in basement

There is another four panels in the basement. Notice the lines for the main panel in the stair well?

These lines come into the FPE panels through cut off conduit. No wire protection. 

This home should have been upgraded a very long time ago. Instead of just adding more and more panels to the home. The electricians did not give the proper advice when the need for more electrical work on the home.

This is why you always get a "Full Home Inspection" by a certified inspector. For the peace of mind.

Call Clint at 1-575-706-5586

Have a great day every one.

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Clint  McKie

Owner of Desert Sun Home Inspections Carlsbad, New Mexico. Eddy County's only certified home inspection service WITH OVER 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE. Serving all of South East New Mexico. We inspect the homes entire structure from the roof to the foundation, and everything in between. Most reports within 4-24 hours from time of inspection completion. We issue a PDF report with pictures Starting at $250.00 for each home inspection. Why settle for less when you can have the best?

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Kathy Streib
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Clint- I got confused just looking at it.  You must really see some doozies. 

Mar 22, 2014 03:21 AM #7
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Clint ...even to me that looks weird!

Have a great night in Carlsbad!

Mar 22, 2014 08:29 AM #8
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After losing a house to fire once in my life, and believeing it was probably because a mouse chewed through an old wire, electrical issues scare me!

Mar 22, 2014 03:11 PM #9
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Wow, would rip it all out and hire a professional to redo it, otherwise I could not sleep.

Mar 22, 2014 04:51 PM #10
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I don't claim to know nothing about electrical stuff other than to stay away from it.  Having said that even I could see something was really wrong here. 

Mar 22, 2014 08:36 PM #11
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Conrad Allen
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Hi Clint.  What a collection of mismatched electrical components.  Yikes!

Mar 22, 2014 08:58 PM #12
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Dorie,

These additions had been done a long time ago. Time to upgrade the entire home this time.

Have a great Sunday in Canyon Creek.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 22, 2014 09:55 PM #13
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Clint Mckie
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Hi Lenn,

I have found this is the case a lot of times. But in this area it seems that crappy electrical work is a norm.

Have a good Sunday in Virginia.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 22, 2014 09:57 PM #14
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Clint Mckie
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Hello Donald.

Not a good location for all that crap installed over the years.

Then they added all the panels in the basement too.

Time to add a 200 amp main panel. After removing all the old panels.

Have a great weekend in the West Coast.

 

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 22, 2014 10:00 PM #15
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Than,

Yes it is 3,300 Sft home. Two stories and a full finished basement as well.

Have a good Sunday in Oklahoma.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 22, 2014 10:02 PM #16
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hello Adrian,

With 109 years in the making, time to stop and start over with a new system.

Have a nice day in Seattle.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 22, 2014 10:03 PM #17
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Joan,

I did just that. But advised them to get a licensed electrician to evaluate the system and advise them the best route to go for this mess.

Have a great day in Denver.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 22, 2014 10:06 PM #18
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Clint Mckie
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 Hi Kathy,

Yes I do see a lot of bad situations for the buyers and the sellers. Many of these issues can be taken care of but at a cost.

Have a great day in Delray Beach.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 22, 2014 10:13 PM #19
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Clint Mckie
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Hi Rob,

I was thinking of you yesterday????? But, yes what a mess. Not good for the sellers.

Have a great day in Bristol,

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 22, 2014 10:15 PM #20
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi Marte,

Loosing a home to a fire is really bad. Mice can cause all kinds of trouble. Having a good protected electrical system is the best way to go.

Have a good day and thanks for the comment.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 22, 2014 10:20 PM #21
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hello Pete,

Sounds like good advice for both the sellers and the buyers.

Have a nice Sunday in Orange County.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 22, 2014 10:21 PM #22
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Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
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Hi James,

Unless you are trained as a electrician, never attempt to make fixes yourself.

Always use a licensed electrician. And get a warranty with the work done.

Have a great day in Rogers my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

 

Mar 22, 2014 10:23 PM #23
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Clint Mckie
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Hi Conrad,

A mess for sure. The system needs a lot of attention.

Have a nice Sunday in Webster.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 22, 2014 10:24 PM #24
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Good morning, Clint. Wow! I have seen some crazy stuff but nothing this crazy. FPE panels are a fire waiting for a place to happen.

Mar 23, 2014 07:18 PM #25
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 Hi Michael,

This is a really bad mess of crap for this home, Buyers have some decisions to make.

Have a good week ahead in Brentwood.

Best, Clint McKie

Mar 23, 2014 09:31 PM #26
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