The Inspector Newsletter
December 2014: Electrical Systems
Snapshots From The Field

Snapshots from the Field

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

A. This is a triple tap and a safety issue.
B. This is OK as long as you tighten the screws holding the wires in place.
C. This is OK. In fact, you probably have room for more wires.
D. This is called a variable connector. It is designed to hold whatever wire size needed to complete the circuit.

Answer


The correct answer: A. This is a triple tap. A double or triple tap is where someone has connected more than one wire under a lug on the bus bar or connector under a breaker. It is a safety issue.

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Noteworthy News

Noteworthy

Steamed

Noticing condensation on your windows? It could be the result of differences in the outdoor and indoor temperatures, but there are a couple of things you can do to put a stop to it. First, check the weather stripping on the window, as it could need to be replaced. Second, check the indoor humidity, as it may be too high. It should be 50 percent or less. If you have steamy windows, turn the humidity down to 25 or 30 percent. Also, make sure to use the exhaust fans in your bathrooms and kitchens to help control humidity.

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