Ever hear those words before? Well, they don’t just apply to the location of a home – it can also apply to the location of electrical wiring and roof drains. The electrical code states that there shall be no plumbing within 3-feet of an overload protection box. What about roof drains? Common sense would tell you it’s a bad idea to place these two systems too close together!
This is what we saw, and this is what can happen. Note in the last photo that the terminal lugs on the main breaker are so corroded that the Allen screw hole closed up!
We were told that a licensed electrician completely rewired this 80-year-old home. New wiring and lots of holes were drilled through floor framing in the basement. A licensed electrician should know enough to not drill multiple holes through floor framing to install cables.
Our guess is this electrician was not licensed. If this is what we saw in the basement do you wonder if there were other electrical problems in the dwelling? If you said yes, you would be right! This is not only a structural problem - bad wiring can cause serious injury and fires!
Federal Pacific – the name of a railroad? No – it’s the name of a company that produced defective circuit breakers manufactured in Newark, New Jersey. Federal Pacific was named in a class action law suit for falsifying their Underwriters Laboratory testing results.
These breakers are dangerous, as they were linked to numerous house fires due to the fact that they did not trip as designed when a short circuit occurred.
If you have this type of circuit breaker it should be replaced!