I inspected a duplex on Friday that had grounded type of outlets throughout the building. Both living units were full of furniture since the inhabitants had not moved out yet. About one third of the electrical outlets were accessible for testing. EVERY outlet I tested in that duplex indicated NO GROUND CONNECTION. After I tested the third outlet in the inspection, I thought a trend had been established - no grounds! No grounding continued until I had tested all that were accessible; one third accessible), and I recorded it as such and told the realtor and prospective buyer. Then I got to the electrical service panel and found that there were not enough ground wires coming into the panel to ground all of the outlets in the unit!
The building was built in the early fifties and the interior walls were the same walls as in the fifties.
I told the realtor and prospective buyer that someone installed three prong grounding outlets into a two conductor wiring system with no ground wiring.
They asked why, and so did I. Then I mentioned it was to make the place look as though it had updated wiring when in fact, it did not.
Now the realtor calls me back and asks “how do I explain this to an electrician, cause he has to correct it before the sale will go through?”
I explained it to her again, several times, and finally she thinks she understands.
What else should I have done? How else could I explain it so she gets the concept? Isn’t it a matter of deceit? Someone trying to fool someone else into a situation that isn’t as it appears to be?
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