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Ben Schneider, Home Seller in 21757

Inspector says wiring in 1951 home must be "grounded" Wiring has been updated with circut breakers, is 100 amp, and all wiring (though 2

Asked by Ben Schneider, 21757 Tue Nov 24, 2009

wire--not 3) is in excellent shape. Can't get inspector to tell us what we need to do to meet requirements? He says ask electrician. We did and he says all O.K. except needs GFI outlets in kitchen and bath. Would that meet Rural Development loan requirements. Willing to do what is needed, but inspector won't say. Just says ask an electrician!

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Seems like you need to find another electrician. Outlets should be grounded.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 5, 2010
Inspector says, "talk to electrician" = inspector out of picture. Electrician prescribes, patient takes.
Lender may have a different view, but realistically - there's not a big risk of shock in the living room or in the bedrooms.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Nov 25, 2009
It sounds like he wants 3 wire outlets. If so that would mean a complete re-wiring of the whole house. He may also have problems with the kind of wire in the house. Some of the older wiring had insulation that has proved to break down and has caused many barn and house fires.

The problem with 2 wire outlets is this: If you end up with a short someone could get electrocuted. The 3 wire came about so excess electricity could pass harmlessly to ground through the third wire. Is there an actual ground wire going from the house into a stake driven into the ground? Maybe that is what he wants to see.

Talk to your town code enforcement officer. Ask him what the house needs to be legal. If he is ok with it then you may be able to show that in writing to the inspector. Did you get the electricians reply in writing? Show it to the inspector also. At that point you may get the same response, you may get a different one.

One last thing, a house that old could easily have lead paint and asbestos in it. Be sure to have it tested for those if you choose this place. Good luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Nov 24, 2009
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