I mentioned a month or two back that I had discovered a circuit with a
20A breaker and #12 wire as far as the first junction box but #14 wire
from that point on -- to a single duplex outlet.
Yet that is not the strangest thing: a couple of days ago I opened up
the junction box to hook up additional outlets and saw connections with
long cylindrical tape-covered doohickeys -- like over-long wire nuts,
but cylindrical rather than tapered. When I removed the tape from the
first one, I was surprised to see that it was bright green, unlike any
wire nut I had ever seen, and with an "indented" closed end. The second
one was identical except for the color -- more a blue-green.
After staring at them for a few minutes, I figured out what they were:
the caps from some variety of "Magic Marker"!! And inside these DIY ("DESIGN It Yourself") insulators I found the wires laid side by side,
with a loop of copper wire twisted tightly around them.
I have no idea whether these abominations were perpetrated by the
immediately preceding owner (whose "Seller's Declaration" claimed that
the only work he had done without obtaining a permit used the existing
wiring) or by an earlier owner. But who would have been liable in the
event of a fire attributed to faulty electrical work of this type?
I was looking for a fault in a mobile home part, lots of rocks and BFR's.
Found the fault in a suspicious place. Dug it up with a back hoe and found
three gallon glass jugs filled with tar. The AL conductors stripped back
about 6" and twisted together. Tie wire had been added in two places as an
extra cinch. The whole thing had been put into a gallon glass jar then
filled with tar and allowed to set. The owner of the park swore he did not
do it. When I got out the crimpers and the proper crimps he made faces. He
actually wanted me to put it back like I found it.
Anyone else got a goodie?
In a basement "workshop" (the entire basement of an older home was considered
the workshop) 2 very tightly strung picture wires running parallel about 12"
apart, diagonally across the ceiling.
Hung from each individual wire was a brass pulley soldered to a wire, the 2
wires into a male cord cap.
30a Fuse fed one of the picture wires, and the other was neutral. Could walk
the "outlet" anywhere needed in the basement, and his wife used it for ironing.
Homeowner (son of deceased "handiman") said he was a machinist and copied the
electrical "trolley" system used in the manufacturing plant that employed him.
email@example.com (HA HA Budys Here) wrote in message
Man, that is a good one. Mine isn't as good. Previous homeowner of my
last home didn't really have electrical skills but wanted two ceiling
fans. There was an outlet wired near the access hatch to the attic
presumably for a whole-house fan or a portable light. He bought two
orange extension cords, hard wired them into the fans, then plugged
them into the receptacle in the attic. Now, it's not to code for sure,
but at least I can't really think of any danger in the practice..
nothing like the electrocusioner in your story.
Crawling in a eave space behind a wall (A-Frames have a lot of wasted
space, but ALL of my utilities are accessible without busting
walls...neener-neener), I found a junction box for a wall outlet in
the ajoining room with a 8" strand of lamp cord hanging out. It was
hardwired to the outlet, and the pogue who commited the offence just
clipped it off when it had served it's purpose. I suppose I'm lucky it
didn't dangle onto my sweaty neck as I slithered past.
ITYM: not covered by code. Because it's connected by plugs, code
doesn't cover it at all.
There's nothing wrong with the practise. Because it's really no different
than buying a portable fan, plugging it in, and mounting the fan to something.
The danger is if the cords aren't attached to the fans properly with effective
clamping and strain relief. Or if the cords can fall into the fan blades...
But these aren't electrical code issues.
In the same sense, my shed is a "portable appliance". There's a bit of
120VAC wiring in it, but it only gets connected by an extension cord
(occasionally) from the house.
_Theoretically_, a code inspector can't fault it. However, before being sold,
by Canadian law, it has to be "approved". I'd have to rip the wiring
out of the shed first before selling the house... [The shed isn't really
Chris Lewis, Una confibula non set est
It's not just anyone who gets a Starship Cruiser class named after them.
Hard wiring a ceiling fan with an extension cord most definitely _is_
covered by the NEC and a gross violation.
Article 400 Flexible Cords and Cables.
400.8 Uses Not Permitted.
(1) As a substitute for the fixed wiring of a structure.
It's hack wiring, period. Actually, it's hack wiring at it's _best_ since,
obviously, some people, through their misunderstanding of basic NEC rules,
seem to think that it's OK. You'll _never_ find an electrical inspector who
will pass such an installation. Like I said, the general rule is that
flexible cord shall _not_ be used as a substitute for fixed wiring. The
fact that the extension cord passes through the ceiling is reason enough to
disallow the installation. With your line of thinking one could wire the
entire attic with extension cords as long as one used cord caps and
receptacles.......NOT. Why not just use zip cord? Better yet, baling wire?
It may be hack wiring, whatever that is. However, "my line of
thinking" didn't indicate anything about how things should be wired,
the NEC rules, or whatever other fantasy you wish to invent. My
comment only repeated what the OP said was the condition. I don't
believe he said the cord passed through the ceiling either. I could
see how the flexible cord wouldn't need to run the cord through any
hole in the ceiling.
The point was his description was not an example of "hardwired" just a
long extension cord.
On most ceiling fixtures the box is mounted above the ceiling with the
mouth of the box even with the ceiling surface. The wire comes into
the box above the ceiling, so technically it end in the box and does
not pass through a hole in the ceiling.
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