Any inspector will tell you that a large part of what we do is related to electrical concerns. The electrical portion of my reports almost always takes up the most space, and wins the most spots on the Summary of Significant Issues. I like the electrical portion of the inspection because when you find electrical defects you know that you might be saving someone's life. I mean who cares whether the dishwasher has an air gap when there is no GFCI on the whirlbath, or there is a bare hot wire on the aluminum gutter.
On a recent inspection I found a "junction box" that gives a whole new meaning to the term junction "Box"----it even had a wooden cover. This wooden box was constructed to conceal the electrical connections for the wire coming out of the house and where it would run under ground to the detached garage.
I find that homes that have one kind of electrical issue will have "multiples" of the same kind of issue. This home was no exception. In this next picture we can see where, this time, they just ignored the whole junction box issue---perhaps they ran out of wood. Neither the open-air splices, nor the type of wiring run to the splices, nor the wires running through the board to the light is proper. All of this will need to be re-done by the electrical contractor to make it safe.
The "White" wire nuts sticking out of the electrical tape are not actually white but have turned white and crystallized in the sun. They look very much like the ones that would have typically been Red.
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