One of my customers owns rental houses and just had the tenants move out of one on good terms. In the process of going through the house to check everything before the new tenants move in on Saturday he had a check list. Then he found a few simple little jobs, and then he found this: He asked me if I would look at where a window air conditioner was plugged into the floor. Into the floor? Yep. I walked into the bedroom and sure enough the unit was plugged into what appeared to be a 110v duplex receptacle in the floor. He told me it was loose feeling, so I reached over to check it and the cord/male plug for the unit and wiring came out of the floor. Someone had pulled the wires up through a hole in the floor, ran the wires through the holes in the spades of the male plug, twisted them, and taped them up. I just stood there as I was somewhat scared to let go. I asked him to go flip the main breaker "OFF' before I would put it down. He informed me there was no breaker panel, just a fuse panel with four (4) fuses. Good, go pull all the fuses you can find. He did pull the mains and I put the cord down. I informed him that the A/C unit was wired 1) Illegally, 2) Unsafe, 3) With no ground, and most important 4) I would not allow this connection to go back into the floor before I leave this house today. I removed the A/C cord, cut back the wires, capped them off, and taped them good before stapling the wire to a scrap of 2x4 I had to lay on top of the floor along with a sign that this wire is HOT and unsafe.I informed the homeowner that a new run of wire is needed and may not be able to do so with the old fuse box. I called a Licensed Electrician friend of mine and we will tackle this Monday. Just one of "those type things" I ran into. Thanks, David
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