I received this email Today.
How do you report conditions related to Aluminum wiring when encountered.
Sent: Tuesday, October 02, 2007 11:16 AM
Subject: Aluminum wiring
[FONT=Arial]*I just went through a small claims law suit. I used the NACHI forums for some research. I came across a forum with you and some others speaking back and forth about Copalum crimping and aluminum wiring. I am not a member so I could not post. I was the seller of a home in Phoenix. The buyer read the inspectors summary report making the general “fire hazard” statements about aluminum wiring and recommended seeking counsel of an electrician and with proper methods “such as Copalum crimp”. The buyer stupidly copied and pasted from the summary report of the inspection to make his repair request. The electrician and I interpreted it as repair outlets or switches properly that are not working. All of outlets and switches did work by the way. The buyer was thinking the entire house every switch, outlet and connection needed to be Copalum crimped. The buyer ends up trying to sue me to have everything Copalum crimped in the house. The judge sided in our favor within minutes saying that “we agreed to repair not to update the house”. *[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]*Copalum crimping is an extremely expensive method. Each Copalum nut is $2.70 (in Phoenix), must be performed by a certified electrician who has gone through a certified Copalum crimp school. Copalum crimp is not a common method nor is it the only method approved by the NEC. I like the fact that you refer electrical stuff to an electrician. Too many inspectors are or inadvertently advising a little too much and those buyers who lack any common sense think take every word to heart. Too many people are looking at the smear campaign all over the internet concerning aluminum wiring. I wonder what company is behind all of that??? No home inspector should ever mention only one method of repair. They should either mention all of them or none of them. Please post this for me. Anyone is welcome to ask about my situation via email. I emailed this to you since your email was the only one I found of the posters. *[/FONT]