Just finished swapping out the standard 3 prong plugs and switches I
installed 23 years ago because a real estate 'consultant' insisted on the
Decora type. All the recepts were low end levitan types and i am not happy
with what i see.
The plastic housings are dried and brittle, some evidence of scorching
around screws and terminals, several fell apart in my hands during removal.
None were backwired although the plug allowed for it. The wire nuts and
wire all appear in good condition, but the recepts have taken an obvious
beating over the years.
Conclusion? In the new home we are building i will only use the commercial
type switches and plugs, the cheap low end consumer plugs leave me with zero
confidence in design and durability. I am concerned since the new stuff is
made flimsier and cheaper than the stuff i am replacing.
I am not an electrician but always try to do things right when safety is a
factor. The wiring passed an inspection at the time the house was built but
in my opinion, the wiring was unsafe. Is there any rule on replacment of
these things ever ten years or whatever?????
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