Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sparking wiring - Arc Fault (This is how electrical fires start!!) ON VIDEO!!

This connection was made with some type if orange electrical tape. The tape has melted into a goo.  Electrical tape is not a good way to attach wire nuts. The problem is it will keep a loose wire nut close enough to the wires to allow arcing. The is the size ling that you can hear in the video. The arcing is electricity jumping a small gap between the wires. Arcing can infinite dust, lint, wood. It can also go unnoticed for years.

The person who originally made these connection probably will never know that they did something wrong. A problem like this can take years to develop. This is why money spent on an electrician who only does electrical work is well spent.
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