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Thread: When do repairs trigger an electrical upgrade?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kcasey View Post
    In a pre 1970 house with ungrounded two wire system and fuse box - wouldn't a fire and total gutting of the walls and ceiling trigger an upgrade?

    Inspector says the fuse box is good and most of the wire is in good shape so it doesn't have to be replaced. He suggested the home owner upgrade the electrical but he couldn't "require it" to be replaced unless it was destroyed.

    Does this sound right? Most of the folks I talk to are surprised. We have to upgrade all the time for far less.

    Any ideas?
    Is he an electrical inspector?

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    Quote Originally Posted by growler View Post
    The inspector may not " require" the wiring to be replaced but it not as cut and dried as it sounds.

    You have a fire like this, the power company should remove the power meter and there is no electrical service. The house is considered un-inhabitable ( condemned ). Now it becomes a matter of what will be needed to get a new certificate of occupancy. The inspector may not require that the wiring be up-grades but they will have to find a contractor that is willing to take responsibility for saying that he/she has checked out the electrical system and it is safe. There are not many that I have seen that I would be willing to say that they are safe. Between the fire department and the demolition crew that removed the drywall there is normally at least some damage. You add this damage to all the modification that have been done over the years and it starts to getting cheaper just to replace existing wiring rather than try to make repairs and warranty the job.

    In many ways the inspectors let the contractors decide how much risk they are willing to take. Most of us wouldn't want any part of leaving that old wiring because that's taking responsibility for something that's not being paid for.
    As an inspector, I would agree with this.
    I can build anything you want if you draw a picture of it on the back of a big enough check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mivey View Post
    Those are protected by the historical preservation society.
    Those and Larry and almost me.:grin:
    I can build anything you want if you draw a picture of it on the back of a big enough check.

    There's no substitute for hard work....but that doesn't mean I'm going to give up trying to find one.

    John Childress
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