Originally Posted By: psabados
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How about aluminum wiring and a FPE circuit breaker box.
Finally, after two reschedules, I was able to inspect a dwelling that I suspected had aluminum wiring. When I got to the basement and looked over at the main panel box, I knew this was gonna be fun.
Looking at the grey, black and white spaghetti and how it was professionally installed and secured from the box was first sign of problems.
The main 100 amp breaker is loaded with rust and you can see the heat blisters on the surface. Main leads into the breaker looks clean.
The left bank of breakers looked clean, no charring on the insulation or tips
The right bank of breakers had rusted connectors and heat blisters
Neutral and grounds on same lugs!
Nasty rust on the bottom of the unit been caused by heat and condensation within the unit. Panel box is mounted to the wall with 3/4 plywood behind the box. No water leakage down the main service conductors.
Called for additional evaluation by a licensed and qualified electrician. Inserted this item into the report with a Safety/Health Upgrade recommendation. Told my client to plan on replacement.
House is foreclosure FHA, as is. I don't have a problem calling for further evaluation on a system, when the heart of the unit looked like this one.