More blog posts about electrical and safety issues:

  1. How come my generator hookup got tagged as defective by the home inspector?

  2. What is the right electric wire size for a home?

  3. What are the most common homeowner wiring mistakes?

  4. Is the electric panel big enough for this house?

  5. Why do you pay so much attention to electrical safety?

  6. Why does that wall plug have push-buttons in the middle?

  7. My circuit breaker won’t reset. What’s wrong?

  8. Why does the electric company want my house electric system inspected before turning the power back on?

  9. How do the new tamper-resistant electric receptacles work?

  10. What’s my chance of getting a high radon reading at a house in Gainesville?

  11. What do you look for when inspecting stairs?

  12. What do you check when you inspect an electric garage door?

  13. Do you check the wall plugs?

  14. What safety checks will limit my tenant liability in a rental house?

  15. Is an ungrounded receptacle/outlet dangerous?

  16. What is reversed polarity at an outlet/receptacle? Why is it dangerous?

  17. Why does the bedroom have a light switch but there is no light in the ceiling?

  18. How far apart should kitchen counter receptacles be placed?

  19. How can I figure out what a mystery wall switch does?

  20. Will the electric company remove branches rubbing against the overhead service lines to my home?

  21. Can multiple neutral or ground wires be secured under the same terminal in an electric panel?

  22. Why are Zinsco and Sylvania-Zinsco electric panels a problem?

  23. What is the life expectancy of electrical wiring in a house?

  24. How can adding wood paneling or a wainscot create an electrical safety hazard?

  25. What does it mean when a wire is “overstripped” at a circuit breaker?

  26. What is the difference between a Combination Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (CAFCI) and an Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) circuit breaker?

  27. Will a GFCI receptacle that is not grounded still function properly?

  28. Does a home inspector remove the electric panel cover plate and examine the inside of the panel?

  29. Is a house required to have outdoor electric receptacles?

  30. Can old electrical wiring go bad inside a wall?

  31. What could cause an extremely high electric bill?

  32. How do I trace and identify each circuit breaker in my electric panel to make a circuit directory?

  33. Why does painting an electric receptacle (outlet) make it unsafe?

  34. When were GFCI receptacle outlets first required?

  35. Why is bundled wiring in an electric panel a defect?

  36. What is the building code requirement for receptacle outlets at stairs and stair landings?

  37. Can a home surge protector be installed loose in the bottom of an electric panel box?

  38. When did arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) breakers first become required?

  39. What is the difference between an electrical receptacle, an outlet, and a plug?

  40. Should I buy a house near a high-voltage power line?

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