Buying first house, double tapped?

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Old 08-12-20, 02:47 PM
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Buying first house, double tapped?

Hey guys, so here's my dilemma, we already had a home inspector come by and tell us that the electrical was going to be a problem. We've already agreed to have an electrician come by and fix wiring in the junction box, and replace covers in junction boxes in the attic etc.

Now, I guess I'm wondering if this is truly a huge problem or if it's manageable for someone who doesn't know anything about electrical. Just as a side note, these guys put about 5-7 outlets in the living room alone on one circuit. How much of a nightmare is this going to be?



 
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Old 08-12-20, 03:36 PM
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5-7 outlets on one circuit is not in itself a problem. So what is double tapped? Picture is not clear.
 
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Old 08-12-20, 03:42 PM
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The wood at the bottom is not part of the panel and should not be there. The rest of the image is too blurry to see much of what is going on.
There does appear to be labels on many of the wires. I hope the panel has the labels as well.
 
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Old 08-12-20, 03:52 PM
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What junction box, guessing you mean the main panel?
Why would you pay someone to just install covers that only take two screws and cost less then $1.00?
 
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So what is double tapped? Picture is not clear.
Maybe inspector noted multiple grounds and neutrals per screw? Though seems inspector wouldn't make a mountain out of that molehill.
 
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Other than there is a lot of wires in the panel the only thing I see that is concerning is the blue wires on the left side. If they are ungrounded conductors they need to be in conduit.

Though seems inspector wouldn't make a mountain out of that molehill.
You haven't seen too many home inspector reports, have you?
 
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Old 08-12-20, 09:22 PM
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Once a home inspector brings up an electrical "problem" it must be repaired by a licensed electrician. You are not allowed to do your own work. I run into this all the time.

I see breakers with two wires on them. It looks like too many circuits for that amount of breakers.
Do yourself a favor..... have an electrician at least look at it.
Try to find an electrician that is recommended so that you always have a "go to" guy.
 
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Old 08-13-20, 03:48 AM
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As others have said the picture is far too blurry to see what is going on in the breaker panel. A clear picture showing detail would be helpful so we can advise you better.

When you say fix wires in the junction box what junction box are you referring to. Are you referring to this breaker panel as the junction box?

we already had a home inspector come by and tell us that the electrical was going to be a problem.
Can you tell us what problems the inspector stated that you have?

Now, I guess I'm wondering if this is truly a huge problem or if it's manageable for someone who doesn't know anything about electrical.
I would not suggest you do anything yourself since you don't know anything about electrical. working on something like this is not the time to take a "learning curve" course. And as mentioned you more than likely won't be able to do the work yourself.

Again, if you can give us some idea of what this "huge problem/s" is that the inspector stated.
 
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Old 08-13-20, 04:17 AM
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Why not get the present owner to fix the electrical issues with the local authority's inspection and approval as a condition of purchase?
 
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Old 08-13-20, 10:23 AM
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Presuming you're the seller, just have an electrician come in and give it a once-over. It'll absolve you of any issues and give the buyers a warm fuzzy - and not cause a bump in the settlement road.

Double-tapped breakers is one of those things that home inspectors are trained to look for. It's a bit more complicated because some breakers allow it, others don't... but it's one of those things that's easier to fix (6" wire, wire nut, and 3 minutes) rather than fighting it.

Cover plates are similar, though are always required by code.

For a bit of $$, it'll give you a receipt to provide to the buyer and you'll be all set.

Good luck on closing!
 
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Original post states "buying a house" not selling a house. I would find a honest electrician to look at the home inspector's report. Some issues have to be fixed by seller (by law) before the house can be sold while others are nice to have and can be done by seller or buyer. While going to the local authority having jurisdiction to discuss the electrical issues is an option, it could open a can of worms and be a deal breaker. Good luck.
 
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Also since you are buying the home might be issue with mortgage company you are dealing with. Most have appraisals done etc. I don't know to what extent an inspection is performed as part of the appraisal.

But another note after reading your original post again it seems you are venturing into this purchase or have already.

Sometimes home inspectors for a purchaser will inflate issues.

If you can give us some specifics of what the home inspector gave you from their write up about the electrical we can help you deal with this a bit more or help ease your concerns. I had mentioned this in one of my other posts in this thread. Also a few clearer pictures. One from a distance and a few close ups will help. Not much we can determine from what you have given us so far.
 
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