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iGotNoTime 11-10-2006 12:08 PM

Does this scare you?
 
What do you think, should I fix it or leave it?
http://lh6.google.com/igotnotime/RVS...8/CIMG0025.JPG

Speedy Petey 11-10-2006 03:04 PM

Leave it. But don't use the bottom one. Only use the top one. :whistling2:

KUIPORNG 11-10-2006 03:20 PM

Fix it

by wipe the top dirty spots with wet towel..

iGotNoTime 11-10-2006 04:07 PM

While holding the kitchen faucet in my other hand at the same time? :P

eric932 11-10-2006 04:07 PM

looks like they recharged an aircraft carrier with it.

iGotNoTime 11-10-2006 04:15 PM

I have a few more like that here. All are from my house, nothing fake or scavanged from the net. I would fix them faster but I am so paranoid of electricity. :P

yummy mummy 11-10-2006 10:34 PM

call the electrician.
:yes:

Sparky Joe 11-11-2006 12:29 AM

What are you intending on doing? a little cosmetology(replacing the receptacles)? You should rewire the place, as well as re-do the walls, looked 15 coats of paint on them. Just do one room at a time to keep the price, remodeling while living difficulties and the pain in the ass factors at a minimum

mdshunk 11-11-2006 10:22 AM

Those all two-prong receptacles normally have a little burn on them like that. People seldom realize it, because they are 99% of the time brown colored receptacles. Those have been painted, so the burn shows up better.

Why does this happen? The receptacles are very old, and the contacts inside lose their tension and hold the cord prongs very weakly. They not only heat up during normal use, they can throw out a little flash when you insert an attachment cord. The corrective action, for the immediate time, is to replace them with new 2-prong receptacles. The rest of the home's electrical system is of equal vintage, no doubt, and is pretty much at the end of its useful life. The whole system should be considered for future replacement.

jwhite 11-12-2006 08:02 AM

I agree, a complete rewire should be budgeted in. The sooner the better.

OsNaP 11-13-2006 05:37 PM

Yea, rewire the whole thing, if you are redoing the house, the walls will be open and stuff amd it should be around the top of your list.

joasis 11-13-2006 07:08 PM

And of course, what is a life worth?

HarryHarley 11-16-2006 10:14 PM

Guess if you don't fix, you can they work on your carpentry skills later.
Ouch.

ncor 11-19-2006 12:04 AM

take off the boxing gloves and bruse the other eye as well


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