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Shocking find! Inspection Photo of the Day

The electrical wires in this photo were live. If anyone would have touched them they would have been for a nasty surprise. Definitely a safety hazard. Good thing they had a home inspection!

Comment balloon 5 commentsJohn LaRocca • March 09 2010 12:31PM


John, I hope you didn't find out the hard way that the wires were live,

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 10 years ago

Wow! That could have turned out very badly. Thank god it didnt.

I hope you'll remember me if you learn of anyone moving to "The OC" and I will do the same!

Best regards,

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors           

Posted by Michael A. Caruso (Surterre Properties) over 10 years ago

Yikes, John!  That's a pretty scary thought.  What were these people thinking?  Good thing the buyers had an inspection done.

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) over 10 years ago

Inspectrions are priceless!

Posted by Robin Petty, College Station, TX Home Sales, Realtor, Real Estate (Century21 Beal, Inc. ) over 10 years ago

"I hope you didn't find out the hard way that the wires were live,"

Many (but not all) home inspectors carry a voltage sniffer (a device that indicates the presence of voltage). When I find abandoned wiring (like that in the OP's photo) I check it with my trusty voltage sniffer. You would be surprised at how many "abandoned" wires are still live.

Posted by Bruce Breedlove (Avalon Inspection Services) over 10 years ago