Originally Posted By: eharden
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I conducted an inspection the other day that was a total mess. About the only thing that I did not find was a dead body in the crawlspace. My specific quandary is as follows: The very last thing that I did was one last walkthrough to make sure all the lights were turned off and that I had not left any of my tools behind. The last light I turned off was a regular
on/off switch controlling the overhead light in the kitchen. When I flipped the switch down, the light did not turn off completely. It dimmed down to the approximate output of a 25 watt bulb. My first thought was that it was some kind of dimmer switch, but upon closer inspection I found that not to be the case. It was just a regular on/off switch. This really concerned me because I have never seen this before, the first thought that popped into my little brain was “FIRE HAZARD”. Any idea as to what might be causing this? I reported it as a probable defective switch and advised further evaluation for that (as well as a slew of other electrical problems) by an electrician. I was so concerned about it that I left a note on the switch cover explaining what was happening and went into the basement and threw the main breaker before I left.
1.) Has anyone ever seen this before?
2.) Did I open myself up to liability by turning the main breaker off?
3.) Would I have been more liable if I had left a probable fire hazard in
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