What is Wrong with This Picture?

Often, an electrical panel is a rather uninteresting thing to the naked eye. But we take the cover off anyway and have a peek. What did we find at this one?

Double Tapping 1

Main circuits are built to have one wire under each nut, but this one has two. This is called “double-tapping of the main.” It’s a big no-no, because the wires can overheat and come loose, disconnecting all power to the home.

What was it done this way? Without talking to everyone who has ever worked on the panel, we can’t be sure. Sometimes codes have changed, other sub-panels have been added on, or someone didn’t know the proper wiring procedures. Either way, we’re glad to have found it for this home seller. They’ll be able to fix it long before the house goes under contract.