What the heck kind of wire job is this? Is this safe?


Old 01-13-17, 09:34 PM
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What the heck kind of wire job is this? Is this safe?

Should it be altered? It's in a small closet that is part of a one room renovation of part of the basement by the previous owner ... and YES I know that's an aluminum cable.

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Old 01-13-17, 09:48 PM
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I'm guessing no box behind the light. There should not be a plug on NM-b cable.

Looks like more to remove when you take out the aluminum cable.
Old 01-14-17, 12:11 AM
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I don't think thats NM-b. Looks more like whatever is used on an extension cord. And I think there's a metal box under the porcelain fixture as well.

I'd guess someone made some sort of poor mans trouble light from what was lying around.

Definitely not UL listed...lol.
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I'm like Vic, in that I can't really find anything WRONG with the set up. It is unprofessional, and with the exception of the aluminum wire, and IF the receptacle meets AL/CU requirements it will fly. But only technically.

I concern myself with those cut pieces of wood. The smaller one appears to be a bridge. Why not go ahead and remove the stub??? What is the vertical cut piece for? The picture ends right at the point to define its use.
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The cord is wrong. It is a field assembled installation and cords are not to be used in place of permanent wiring. The cord is feeding into a 8B box with the lamp holder attached. If it was a manufactured light (not field wired) it would be OK.
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I'm almost more concerned about the aluminum wire connections to the rest of the house. The OP has already shown in another thread that he has CU wiring in the rest of the house. If someone rigged this up, I'd be willing to bet that the AL to CU connection wasn't done properly.

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