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Exposed Electrical Outlet Wiring

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Electrical Question: Do these two exposed white wire from a three-plug outlets a big safety concerns or just a eyesore? If it’s a safety concerns, what are some of ways to fix it? To fix this problem, I would have to hire an electrician. Is this a costly job?

This electrical wiring question came from: Anna, a Homeowner from Sacramento, California.

Dave’s Reply:

Thanks for your Electrical Troubleshooting question Anna.

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2 Responses to “Exposed Electrical Outlet Wiring”
  1. Stanley says:

    I recently had new electrical wiring completed on my property and the electrician left some exposed wires on the exterior waiting for the electrical company (Pepco) to come out and install the new meter. My lender has indicated that this is a safety issue. Are they correct and should the wires be covered or wrapped?

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Stanley,
      If the electrician installed a new electrical service panel and you are referring to the main service wires that are located above the roof or high on the side of the home where they are waiting for the connection with the overhead service from the Pepco power company then this is typical because the wires are not energized and they are left this way to be inspected and ready for connection.
      When there is a project or construction site where new electrical wiring is being installed, then the wiring must be left open or accessible for inspections from the local building department. If the building is occupied at the time, then wiring should be insulated and capped off and safely contained if the circuit wiring is energized. It should be understood that there are various phases of construction that will require access to the project components, and each project will require certain levels of safety specific to the project and conditions.
      I hope this helps,
      Dave

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