Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)


Bellingham Washington Home Inspection (King of the House): Unsafe Panel

This is the electric cover removed from the main panel in a mobile home park. The burn or arc marks are from high voltage - 240V. At some point, the two legs of the 240 volt conductor came in contact with the metal cover. This was an old, and unsafe, main panel so that was not too surprising. Water had been inside of it for some time. In looking up inside the panel, the 220V wires were bare and in such a position that someone removing, or replacing, the panel cover could have, and obviously did, short the live 240V conductors. This is, in my view, the most dangerous panel I have ever inspected.

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Steven L. Smith


Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 3 commentsSteven L. Smith • September 28 2007 01:44PM


Hair raising to say the least.  This looks like an improptu electrcution just waiting to happen!
Posted by Marlene Bridges, Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate (Village Real Estate Services, Inc.) over 11 years ago
I hope the meter head blew and not the electrician who was getting into this box. That is unacceptable.
Posted by Randy Lyon (Kettley and Company) over 11 years ago

I had the good fortune to be the guy opening it up, on my knees, on a wet day. I could see, the way the thing was made, how this had happened in the past.

Posted by Anonymous over 11 years ago