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#52805 - 06/06/05 09:54 AM electrical issues-or should I worry?
sockets Offline

Registered: 11/07/04
Posts: 31
Loc: Sebring FL USA
Hello. My neighbor's house was built in 60s, and the previous owners added master suite addition in 1994 and remodeled 92-93. Neighbor bought in '96 and added another addition in '99, some remodeling, moved service and panel to addition and some rewiring. There are a few issues, I noticed casually, I am unsure. I suspect for some reason the work was never quite completed.

One is that regular duplex outlets in kitchen and 3 baths have GFCI protected stickers. Does this mean there is a GFCI breaker suplying? I've never seen such a sticker elsewhere.

Also existing refrigerator was moved to different wall when '99 addition was built. No new fridge outlet added, refrigerator plugged into non-dedicated circuit outlet above counter.

Also back porch has 2 recessed cans in soffit above french doors and 2 outdoor ceiling fans installed under screen roof in rain!

Are any of these big issues? I hesitate to tell her, as she keeps talking about adding yet another addition again and redoing again! Enough! So possibly problems will be corrected/removed anyway?

Also garage original 60s 1 bay, 2 bays added '88, 1 bay converted to finished storage w/ac last summer, and new bay (workshop) and storage room added this year just completed. However work looks well done and up to code.

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#52806 - 06/06/05 12:07 PM Re: electrical issues-or should I worry?
Steve Miller Offline

Registered: 08/30/01
Posts: 322
Loc: Loudoun Cty, VA
Welcome to the forum. You might want to have the neighbor call a licensed electrician to give the house a once over. Not an insult, but you don't sound like you're in the trade. Many of us are a bit leary about answering questions like these due to the tremendous liability issues involved. Have someone qualified come look it over, it will be money well spent. Good luck with it.

#52807 - 06/06/05 03:00 PM Re: electrical issues-or should I worry?
Larry Fine Offline

Registered: 02/18/05
Posts: 684
Loc: Richmond, VA
I'll give you simple answers, but I do agree with Steve.

The stickers are meant for grounding receptacles placed on a non-grounding-conductor circuit, but protected by a GFCI device.

Dedicated receptacles are not required; as long as the circuit is an appliance circuit, you're okay.

There are fixtures and fans rated for damp locations, which under-roof outdoor locations are classified as.

I see no gross violations or dangerous situations here.
Larry Fine
Fine Electric Co.

#52808 - 06/08/05 08:07 PM Re: electrical issues-or should I worry?
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
Steve's said it all really!.
It'd pay for your neighbour to get a licenced Electrician in to check things out.
At least then, the Electrician can talk one-on-one with the guy and actually open the panel, etc, where this would be needed.
Giving advice like this on-line could open up all sorts of cans of worms.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin


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