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What is the most common thing you find, in new construction homes that you inspect, that is overlooked by the builders?
The most common deficiencies found in new construction are mis-wired outlets. I did a new construction inspection today and found several mis-wired outlets and areas that should have GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) protection but was missing. The only function … Continue reading
I have a new house that we have lived in about one month. We have been having problems with the breaker in the master bedroom tripping all of the time. It seems trip at least once a day. All of the things that are plugged in are small new items like a lamp and an alarm clock. I just don’t understand how this could be overloading the circuit.
The problem is most likely a defective AFCI (arc fault circuit interrupter) breaker. This is a breaker that is required in all bedrooms that detects an arc, which is a fire hazard. We have found a high percentage of these … Continue reading
Last Christmas I had problems with my outside lights causing the breaker on the outlet to go off. Sometimes when I would push the reset button it would just go off again. Is there any way to keep this from happening?
The outlet you are describing is called a GFCI or Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. The sole purpose of this outlet is to keep you from being electrocuted. If it is tripping either there is a shot in the lights, they … Continue reading
I bought an older home (about 35 years old) and the inspector told us that there are no GFCI’s where they are needed. I am not 100% sure how to correct this. How do I go about having this taken care of?
That is a pretty easy fix. For the readers that maybe don’t know what a GFCI is, it stands for Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter. Its only purpose is to keep you from being shocked or electrocuted. It is pretty easy … Continue reading