09:33PM | 05/28/04
Member Since: 05/27/04
3 lifetime posts
We are having a patio cover added added to our home and the wiring for (6) 65 watt recessed lights and two ceiling fans is now patched to the supply that was for a single wall mounted porch light. He didn't find the line in the wall from above outside, so he pulled through to the inside switch hole and capped the extension to the supply wire there. Is this safe? IT is really stuffed full of wires now, he's a big guy and could barely get it all in there. The original wiring is from 1973 and really stiff (if it matters at all). I'm concerned because the carpenter did the wiring and he seemed to be having some problems with it besides what I just described. I believe he installed the stack switch upside-down or something to begin with, but it is all working now (he said--we don't have the fans yet). Was he supposed to do any kind of tests to determine if the circuit was capable of taking the new load? (did I phrase that right?) We are having some other concerns with the carpentry work as well and I have gotten really nervous about this job. Should I be, or am I just paranoid? My ignorance in this area is vast.........

Tom O

05:02AM | 05/31/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
The first problem is letting the carpenter do the wiring. I'd be asking myself if he even has liability insurance that covers electrical work, or an electricians license that would at least prove a minimal level of competency.

Second, if the box is that tight, he should have enlarged it. There is a code defined limit to the number of conductors in a box. The box should probably be enlarged to a 2 gang (or more) box so that you would have a separate switch for each function.

Hopefully, the carpenter disconnected the wires that ran to the old light & insulated the ends.

Next time, hire an electrician for the electrical work, after all, most of us wouldn'y go to a dentist for a heart condition.



02:41PM | 05/31/04
Thank you for sharing your knowledge Bob, and you"re right--I shouldn't go to the dentist for a heart condition. We hired a contractor for the work, and his carpenter also did the wiring. The project is only half (?) completed and there are several aspects that have us concerned --this is only one of them. We will be meeting with the contractor tomorrow morning to go over the issues that have us concerned, and I was posting here to try to better understand what I intuitively thought "just didn't seem right". I would like to know as much as I can about what is wrong, so I can back up my complaint and know what to ask for to make it right.

As far as I can tell by fliping the breaker switch, the only things on that line are the fixtures he added and the two outside outlets that we use for Christmas lights. We don't want to find ourselves overloading that circuit in December. We are pretty careful to divide the Christmas lights between four total ourdoor outlets and two running from the garage. We don't go crazy with the lights, but we do encircle the house and wind some up a few trees. Would having the fans on, with the recessed lights on and the Christmas lights be too much?? Is there a way for us to find this out, since obviously you can only guess what's maybe going on here? Do you have any suggestions of what we should ask the contractor to do about this? It is our first time ever working with a contractor or having anythig big done to the house. We are like sheep at a wolf family reunion when it comes down to it.

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