Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Open splice in the basement.-Dangerous!!

Here is an example of improper electrical work. This is called a flying splice. There could have been a light here or a carpenter damaged a wire.  Instead of calling an electrician they simple tied the wire together and through it in the ceiling. This is actually how electrical work was originally done when everything was wired in knob and tube. Only knob and tube was more secure then this sloppy junction. 

So, why don't we still make connections like this? The main reason is that we all make mistakes. Even the best electrician will make a bad junction once in a while. A junction box is there to protect us from ourselves. When an electrical connection goes bad it can shoot out sparks. It is the sparks that start fire. A junction box trap the sparks and greatly reduces the risk of house fire. 

This is just an example of why you want to hire a professional and reputable electrician and not the gut who does electrical work. There is a reason for the difference in price. In the long run you are not saving any money when you have poor quality work preformed.

Open junctions and flying splices are also a good reason to update knob and tube wiring in your home. The wire junctions are not all covered in this style wiring. They are all aging now. Existing knob and tube is anywhere between 60 to 100 years old. Sooner or later every connection will fail. Open splices are more likely to cause a fire then splice in junction boxes.

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