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Old 09-15-2010, 05:41 PM   #16
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so this was your personal house?

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Old 09-15-2010, 06:06 PM   #17
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Mobile home, now torn out. All new home/wiring almost done, I just need to finish the smoke detectors and call for my rough-in.

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Old 09-15-2010, 06:16 PM   #18
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oh, well thats good. Must feel good to know how your house is wired now. I know im glad i wired my own house. no surprises that way
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Yup.... the plumbing too! lol

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Old 09-15-2010, 11:44 PM   #20
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Missed this thread the first time around, WOW.

I used to complain about my wiring, but the issues arise more from changes in practice from the 1950s to now. After seeing this, I think I'll stop complaining.

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Old 09-16-2010, 03:18 AM   #21
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The house I bought had NAILS banged through the center of several wires to "Secure them" my basement also had 36 Junction boxes... And previous owner took EVERY Cover plate when they left... they were nothing special just the cheap plastic ones!... I also had random wires not connected to anything just hanging from the cieling
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Old 09-16-2010, 07:07 AM   #22
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My favorite was the outlet in my dad's laundry room..... T-ed off of one leg of the dryer circuit.

The connection was inside the wall. Insulation was removed from the dryer circuit wire, and the wire that ran to the outlet was just wrapped around the bare conductor. Then the whole mess was wrapped in electrical tape.
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My favorite was the outlet in my dad's laundry room..... T-ed off of one leg of the dryer circuit.

The connection was inside the wall. Insulation was removed from the dryer circuit wire, and the wire that ran to the outlet was just wrapped around the bare conductor. Then the whole mess was wrapped in electrical tape.
Haha awesome. Makes you wonder why people go through this trouble when doing it properly would have been easier.
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Old 09-16-2010, 08:57 AM   #24
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Found a nice breaker bar redoing the 2nd floor here

Other places:
Lamp cord in the wall extending a 20a circuit to other outlets - Alum feed
Live outlet buried behind base trim
15a Surge wired into one leg of a kitchen stove - Apt I rented
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Since we're into fun and games:

- a 5 way splice, no box, no wire nuts, just twisted and taped, then squashed against a beam under plywood trim. Originally it was just the basement lights and outlets. Then it got tapped into for the refrigerator and the dishwasher. Then my local heating folks tapped into it for some part of a heat pump install (not their fault, what they saw "looked" reasonable, though they could have checked to see what else was on the circuit).

- (same house) clothes dryer fed from the 40 A breaker marked range, range fed from 30 A breaker marked dryer. Wire gauge was correct, "just" the breakers were reversed. (I think I'm remembering the details right)

- range hard wired to armored cable with just tape, splice put in a 4square that was left sitting loose in the drawer under the range, along with all the frying pans, etc. Worked fine for I guess 20 years, then finally burned out. The box contained the fire quite nicely.
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and i thought what i found was bad.. just active knob & tube and to create new branches they just shaved back the insulation of the center run of the wire (no junction box or anything), wrapped some wire around it and then went off in new direction.

but i actually think what you found is worse.



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Just found today.... 30 amp line run to outlet on Womans side of the bed.... Hmmmm wonder what it was being used for
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vibrator maybe?
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Just found today.... 30 amp line run to outlet on Womans side of the bed.... Hmmmm wonder what it was being used for
There are few possiblty is large window shaker or large portable electrique heater.

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There are few possiblty is large window shaker or large portable electrique heater.

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