Oh lord...NOTHING in that photo is my work other than the green gaffer's tape flags identifying what circuit went where. That work is completely gone now thanks to an 850sq. ft. add-on that i'm wiring myself.wmldwilly,
thats a lot of splices. would that be considered excessive?
did you redo all of it yourself?
Generous of me I know. The Previous Owners left behind a shed filled with what they described as "the renter's stuff". The shed was filled with sheet plexi, what appears to be galvanized flex, a ton of ballasts, spools of orange 8gauge stranded, huge wads of old blue NM cable (not NM-B), and all sorts of outdoor switch plates and covers and stuff. The only thing I could picture them doing with all of this is installing banks of Flouros in gas station or grocery store outdoor signage. Oh yea, and the whole house was running on 4 hots, 2 neutrals and 1 ground spidered and spliced into every original Knob & Tube circuit in the place. Every single original circuit except one that had been cut was still functioning.Welcome to the site!
That is some bad wiring right there. You got it wrong, don't even use the word "electrician" to describe the installers.
i'll dig up some more 'before' pics, like the surplus meter head the renters put in the middle of the single 20amp run feeding the rear building that they'd turned into an illegal apartment under the previous owner's noses.Wow sounds like a mess.
I'm sure you do some nice work, do you have pictures? I don't think it would fit the threads title though.
Looks like a real mess. Glad you cleaned out that rat's nest before you had a fire. Most homeowners, when they do their own wiring, either do an awful job or an excellent job. Our inspectors tell me they either fail right away or pass with flying colors. Post some 'after' pictures!
Here in LA inspectors rotate every few years thru the council districts. The guy I started with on this project (we're in year 2) rotated out right about when my contractor finished the "shell" and was done so the old guy dealt mostly with him but with me on a few small issues since I'm "owner/builder". The new guy is...shall we say...less casual? So, I called for one of the sequenced roughs and left him a message telling him that I wasn't looking for a signoff on that visit and just needed to ask a few questions. My main motivation was to have him look at the first floor boxed/roughed in with no devices and tell me right then if there was something he hated so I wasn't all the way home on things and had to really do a lot of work to backtrack and correct. He didn't really have anything to poo poo, he just laid out what needed dedicated 20 amp circuits (fridge, disposal, dishwasher, 2 for countertops, etc), reminded me about the 50% flourescent rule, and said my positioning and such was all right on the money and asked if I did commercial electrical for a living.How true is that! When I built my own house, I asked a load of questions from the BI and he was always straight up with me. Passed the rough-in and final inspection the first time through. When we were talking when he was getting ready to leave said what you did...glad I was on "that" side...