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Old 06-10-2009, 10:39 PM   #1
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About a year after we bought our house we decided to change all the light fixtures (except ceiling fan in Master BR and LR). When we went to install our first set in the Master Bath there was no electrical box behind the current fixture...just wires coming from a hole in the wall...

As we went through the house this turned out to be the case for every ceiling flushmount or wall light fixture.

Isn't this against code? (we live in GA) We added round electrical boxes to the bathroom wall fixtures. Should we do this for every ceiling flushmount in the halls, foyers closets as well?

Will I ever be able to sell this house like this?

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About a year after we bought our house we decided to change all the light fixtures (except ceiling fan in Master BR and LR). When we went to install our first set in the Master Bath there was no electrical box behind the current fixture...just wires coming from a hole in the wall...

As we went through the house this turned out to be the case for every ceiling flushmount or wall light fixture.

Isn't this against code? (we live in GA) We added round electrical boxes to the bathroom wall fixtures. Should we do this for every ceiling flushmount in the halls, foyers closets as well?

Will I ever be able to sell this house like this?
Ah, Braselton... Been a while since I was there. But yes, it is against code unless the fixture is designed to be direct wired to a cable.

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Yep. Not to code. I might be calling the inspection deparment to find out who and why this passed.
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Yep. Not to code. I might be calling the inspection deparment to find out who and why this passed.
I'll second that! Reasonably easy problem to fix, but shameful that the inspector didn't catch it.
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I'll second that! Reasonably easy problem to fix, but shameful that the inspector didn't catch it.
Tell you the truth, I don't think the City of Braselton has an inspection department, and Jackson County may not have had one until just a few years ago.
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Tell you the truth, I don't think the City of Braselton has an inspection department, and Jackson County may not have had one until just a few years ago.
Braselton, GA... formerly owned by Kim Basinger... now that's a real topic for discussion!
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If, as your subject line says this was "new" construction and you are the original buyer it should be a simple matter to get this corrected. Unless you had a very non-standard contract to build this home it will indicate the home will meet a some specification. Your problem is just one of the reasons getting a new home inspected is money well spent unless you are very familiar with home construction. Even if you are familiar with construction it will make the walk through a breeze if you have the inspection results from a reputable home inspection company.

How did I learn this lesson, not from the home builder... but please don't ask.

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That's bad, do you know who built the house?
Was this a new house?
Rehabbed?
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New construction
Not to code
...who inspected it?
...who passed it?
...are you the original owner?

You need a proper house/electrical inspection to discover all the other violations and safety hazards you have (like that fixture in the "closet" - what kind of fixture?)

Then you might need a lawyer.
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What type of wire was used? If it was romex you're in luck because installing boxes is easier with romex than it is with armored cable.

If the last "electrician" didn't bother to install boxes, you're likely to have some grounding and bonding issues within the electrical system itself too.

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