The main word here is “recommendation”. The customer can take it or leave it, the ball is in their court now.

Marc, you are right on the money (as usual). Point out the hazard, let them know who to call, and let them know what can happen if the issue is not addressed. Don’t tell them how it should be repaired, replaced, or anything elsed. Let the licensed trades person sort that out.

Sometimes I will discuss verbally with a client what I think an electrician (or plumber, or …) might do, but whenever I step out onto this limb, I always state that I just might be dead wrong. I certainly would never put anything like that in my report.


bold move leaving yourself so wide open :smiley:

Just let’s flip that coin over . . .
Why not have the baseboard heating fixed?
Problem seams to stem from poor improper heating element placement.
Again, call it out, reccomend a Qualified electrician remedy the hazzard.
How he does it is not a concern. Just wanted to point out that
two smaller Elecric baseboard elements instead of one big one
may remedy this hazzard :mrgreen::mrgreen:

Thanks for the chuckle Barry.

Roger that, Michael, have a Happy Holiday and let it play through for more

A lot of older baseboard units are not as efficient as the newer units. A new smaller heater may match the heat output of the current unit. Or replace with a wall heater w/fan.

Or how about… “Recommend older baseboard unit be replaced with new model electric wall heater w/fan to be installed by a licensed general contractor. In that way you will not need the services of an expensive and egomaniacal electrician.” :mrgreen:

That makes no sense whatsoever. All electric heaters are 100% efficient, regardless of age. The only thing that has changed is that the watt density per foot is greater. An 8 foot heater 20 years ago was 2000 watts, and now they’re 2500 watts. They’ve just crammed more watts per foot now. A 2000 watt heater from 20 years ago will still cost as much to operate as a 2000 watt heater you’ll buy brand new.

No it wont…my electric bill cost per KWH has gone up ALOT since 20 years ago ( like gas and so on…lol ) so it wont cost as much 20 years ago to operate that 2000 W heater as it would today…lol…well maybe you are factoring in the inflation rate and so on…:mrgreen:

However, yes…technically yes 2000W’s is 2000W…no matter how you slice it for THIS type of heating source anyway.

When I find a receptacle over a heat source (any, for that matter) I recommend “not utilizing outlet” due to the heat source drying up the cords that are plugged into it. When wires dry up, it becomes brittle and then there’s a fire hazard.

An electrician that doesn’t like the way we write our reports!!! CALL THE PRESS…thats a front page story!!!

Me too!