I hope everyone out there on the ol' interwebs has had a great week. I'm starting a new series that I hope to entertain with! I'm calling it "Fun Finds", and I plan to share interesting or unusual discoveries at inspections, or maybe just during my week in general. Anyway, hope you enjoy the content here, and if so, please recommend this page to others!
Here we have Knob & Tube wiring installed in an attic in a West Texas home. Knob & Tube wiring was a common electrical installation method used decades back. The problem with this method is junctions and conductors are completely exposed to anyone or anything they may come into contact with. To say that the potential for a fire or safety hazard with this wiring method is high is an understatement! Knob & Tube wiring is not at all common in West Texas, as many of our local homes were not even in existence when this method was primarily in use!
Here is a picture of an abandoned water heater. This water heater was installed in the attic above the living area, which is pretty unusual for West Texas anyway. When I inspected the property, this water heater had been drained and completely disconnected. I can't say I blame whomever left it in the attic, but it should be removed, just the same.
Things like this make me wonder what the home builder or architect was thinking when the decision was made to install the water heater there to begin with? Obviously, water heaters don't last forever, and it would have to be replaced at some point?
Strange-but another reason for buyers purchasing newly constructed homes to have it inspected!