Nashville Home Inspector – Electrical Installation – What’s Wrong With This Picture? 12-14-11

Nashville Home Inspector – Electrical Installation – What’s Wrong With This Picture? 12-14-11

Look at the picture below.  What is wrong?  HINT:  Junction boxes should be used for junctions.

ANSWER:  Junction boxes should be used to house any junction of electrical conductors, or wires.  But, junction boxes, like the one in the picture above, should not be used to rig an outlet so one can plug in an extension cord.  So there is a lot wrong with this picture.  Junction boxes should be used only for conductor junctions and the box should be closed after the wires are joined and inserted.  Outlets should be housed in outlet electrical boxes with that appropriate cover plate.  Extension cords should not be used as permanent wiring.  If you need permanent wiring, call an electrician and have a dedicated circuit put in.  The installation in the picture above is a fire or electrocution waiting to happen.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

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