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Summary: An inspection of your house electrical wiring system can help you identify problems before they turn into a possible tragedy at your home.
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This inspection begins with checking for some of the most essential safety devices where occupants use electricity on a daily basis.
These are areas with close proximity to water and grounded devices such as bathrooms and kitchens. I also look for the installation of a dual voltage hardwired smoke alarm system.


The master bathroom and guest bathroom do not have GFCI protected outlets or circuit protection at the electric panel.

The presence of a battery operated smoke detector system was noted because the mounting brackets are in place but the smoke detectors are not. I highly recommend series hardwired system with battery backup.

The kitchen outlets do not have grounded receptacles in place and none of the kitchen outlets were protected by GFCI. I recommend the installation of a ground wire to the existing circuit and an additional new circuit be installed then installing GFCI outlets as needed.

In the utility room there is a variety of electrical conditions that I highly recommend be corrected.
1. Install a locknut on the water heater power supply flex connector.
2. Install larger junction boxes and add any required circuits. There is at least one instance where spliced wire sizes do not match in a junction box.
3. Remove abandoned wiring and install loose wiring into junction boxes as required.
4. Replace crimp splices with approved wire connectors.

 

Areas of romex that are loose or anchored using bent nails should be corrected using approved romex staples.

The main panel is a GE 100 Amp Electrical Service. I recommend upgrading to a 200 Amp electrical service which is essential for additional electrical circuits being considered for the home.
The 240 volt circuit serving the kitchen range has been badly scorched and heat damaged possibly due to an overloaded condition where the circuit could have been attached to an oversized circuit breaker in the past. The integrity of the wiring for this circuit has been damaged and I highly recommend replacing it because this condition has the potential of starting a fire.

The back of the home has a few exhaust vents and possibly make-up air intake vents which are on the same side of the house where the roof snow load will slide down and eventually pile up against these vents and could block them. I once rewired a home with a similar condition where blocked vents caused a fire with the heating system which destroyed half of the home. You may consider protecting this area somehow to keep the vents exposed.

This deck area would benefit from an outside light fixture or two providing safety and security.


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The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.

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The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.

Strip Off Wire Insulation without Nicking and Damaging the Electric Wire!

The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..

The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.

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