Home Inspections to Chicago and 150 suburbs since 2004.
APS Home Inspection is a division of A Prompt Services providing services to
customers like you since 1983
service line and meter box.
disconnect and service amperage.
panels, breakers and fuses.
Why I will
recommend a licensed electrician to do electrical work:
A friend asked me to come over and help him figure out a problem he was
having while trying to install a GFCI outlet in his garage. To describe
the situation there were two red wires "hot?" and two white
wires "neutral?". The wires were connected to the
"hot" and "neutral" terminals. Both pairs of terminals
were still bonded as you would find if the circuit was continuing to
another device in the circuit.
Here's the kicker--THREE OF THE FOUR WIRES WERE ELECTRICALLY LIVE. BY
TRIAL AND ERROR HE HAD FOUND THAT THROWING THE CIRCUIT BREAKER FOR THE
REFRIGERATOR ONE RED WIRE BECAME DEAD, THE OTHER RED AND WHITE WIRES WERE
STILL "HOT". THE CIRCUIT BREAKER FOR THE ELECTRIC RANGE HAD TO
BE THROWN WHILE THE REFRIGERATOR BREAKER WAS OFF TO KILL THE POWER TO THE
DUPLEX OUTLET IN HIS GARAGE. TWO CIRCUIT BREAKERS (NOT LABELED CORRECTLY)
HAD TO BE THROWN!!!!! A DEFINITE SAFETY HAZARD!!!!!
Looking more closely a BLACK wire was located coming into the box and
entering the conduit that ran to the electric range for the necessary 220