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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 9 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 9 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 9 years ago

Inspectrions are priceless!

Posted by Robin Petty, College Station, TX Home Sales, Realtor, Real Estate (Century21 Beal, Inc. ) over 9 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 9 years ago