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Old 02-03-2014, 02:24 PM
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Have To Be A Little Daft.....

And a touch soft in the head, to tear into a older home where some "handyman" has done the finish on a basement. We bought this house from a city of Kelowna building inspector, who prided himself in his skills as a wanna be contractor. I smelled BS right away, but the house needed work and was priced cheap with his impending divorce and all...

The upstairs we have almost completed, with none other than a few suprises, but you can sure tell where this scab picked up the tools in the basement. Just wanted to upgrade to decora plugs and switches for the new gym, such a simple thing and what a pain in the ass.
Instead of splicing in the box he went in and out with the quick wire system on the receptacle, nice and illegal, needed to splice and pigtail everything in the box. Had to pull another feed, so 20 plugs and lights weren't on a circut...... The most minor but irritating of all, he must have had the plugs on before drywall went up, you can see how he routered around the receptacle tabs, causing the plugs to be recessesd to the box not the board and having wall plates all distorted and sucked in looking like ass. Fiddling around with washers forever to get the spacing off the box right, had to come up and type and give my knees a minute.

The laziness not to be able to pull the plugs free from the box to board is pretty amazing to me. The length that some people go thru to scab work together Ahh, well - only took me 7 years to get to it

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Well, he could have run an extension cord from an existing outlet over to a outlet box attached to the wall.

It'd been circuit breakered then.


My daughter is in a rental, the plugs in the kitchen trip the breaker if she tries to use a toaster.


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He could've built the shower around the breaker box.
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With my almost 100 year old house, I have to laugh.

Nothing was done that will be code today. Every little fix ends up costing hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. I've learned to live with some things I'd rather not live with.

With that said, I had to swap out the faucet set in the kitchen yesterday.

I'll be in pain for a couple of days but it works fine and I didn't break anything just a little further on down the line so I am happy.
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Well, he could have run an extension cord from an existing outlet over to a outlet box attached to the wall.

It'd been circuit breakered then.


My daughter is in a rental, the plugs in the kitchen trip the breaker if she tries to use a toaster.


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At least the breaker is doing it's job on overload, when the bi-metallic strips in the breaker get tired from repeated overloads, then

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He could've built the shower around the breaker box.
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...I'll trade your wall outlets for my bathroom...
I feel your pain Timmy, but I've done all 3 bathrooms in my house and reno'd the hell out of all the houses I owned to get a leg up in the market. Me and sweat equity are well aquainted. Best of luck Dude, and I thought you where finished??.... WTH Slacker

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With my almost 100 year old house, I have to laugh.

Nothing was done that will be code today. Every little fix ends up costing hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. I've learned to live with some things I'd rather not live with.

With that said, I had to swap out the faucet set in the kitchen yesterday.

I'll be in pain for a couple of days but it works fine and I didn't break anything just a little further on down the line so I am happy.
That's a ordeal I don't want to experience anytime soon! I'm glad your sortie was succesful and no further collaterall damage was incured!!.....

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