What happens when you don’t hire a Contractor?

If you don’t hire a contractor and you hire a “Jack of all Trades” or “Handyman” to do the job of a professional don’t hold you’re expectations too high and beware…  Many people are using these type services and are great when used as intended. They can save you money on basic repairs and odd jobs around the house because this is where they shine and that’s when they should be used.

CSLB (California State License Board) requires many service providers to be licensed and an electrician is one of them, this was put in place for your protection. When it comes to electrical work a licensed contractor has years of training and passes the state electrical exam before being able to acquire an electrical licence. This assures the electrical installation is not only done rite but “up to code” and safe you and your family.

A contractor is also required to be bonded and maintain liability insurance to cover you and your property. Before starting an electrical project make sure your electrician is licensed, bonded and insured!

Below is a few unbelievable and humorous attempts of electrical work I’ve found over and the years. I also added other pics and material just for fun, take a look and enjoy…

A few substandard installations…

This started out as a recessed light and presto now it’s a hanging light at a minimum cost, probably mounted strait to the ceiling with a couple drywall screws…

They say duct tape can fix anything…

This was a first, instead of using a recessed can to hold the fixture and trim someone decided to save a few bucks and used a coffee can, probably not a very safe alternative…

This homeowner wanted more light and instead of replacing the fixture and to save same to money and thought this was a good plan, it probably cost more to do it this way and not a very nice looking install…

 

These people were having problems with the heater constantly running, looks like someone thought this was a good place to save their quarters for a rainy day…

What’s in your walls?

This is an exterior installation and should be a GFCI receptacle, judging by the common connection it had come loose and started arching and ended up burning the receptacle. If you hear buzzing or a crackling sound at an outlet location be sure to have it checked out to avoid these results…

 

 

In this picture the panel looks like it was supported by the siding of a manufactured home, needless to say a better support system should have been used… This is only one reason why permits should be pulled and inspected by the city to insure a safe and code compliant installation. Another reason is when the owner decides to sell and the city discovers no permits were pulled this would have had to be removed and redone with permits before the sale could go through!

 

 

These are samples of “Flying Splices” All the connections should be in a jbox and accessible, when connected in this manner and a problem occurs there is know way of locating it without tearing open the walls to trace, this is definitely not up to code and if it short outs or become loose and starts arching it could easily start a fire…

 

 

This receptacle has been added to a 20A circuit with speaker wire whitch is only good for approximately 10A and is a fire waiting to happen…

 

 

 In this picture the hot leg of the circuit has been screwed into the service feeder wires, this is a sure way to start a fire due to the fact it is not connected to a breaker and when overloaded it will burn the wire instead of tripping a breaker and leaving an unsafe open hot wire somewhere in the circuit, hopefully not inside the walls or near flammable materials such as installation…

 

 

This circuit has been added using an extension cord fed directly into the panel. Although this works it’s very dangerous as the size of the wire is not sized correctly and connected by stabbing the circuit wiring into the female end of the extension cord without a box creating flying splices in the attic…This is not safe  and could easily start a fire if the circuit is overloaded…

 

 

 

Rodents like the outer cover of older romex wiring, This one probably didn’t know it would be his last meal while shorting the circuit and leaving exposed wiring inside the walls…

 

 

 It Pays to have the right equipment for the job…

 

 

 

 Just for fun electrical test…

 

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