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TOPIC: Electrocution by 3-Way Switch Wiring?

Electrocution by 3-Way Switch Wiring? 12 years 5 months ago #31155

Here's one for the books.
I was using a non-contact tester to check for current in an outside fixture next to a sliding glass door, the bulb did not go on when I flipped the switch. With the switch on there was no current. As I reached inside to flip the switch, the tester indicated current, and I was source! As I moved my hand on the switch I touched the switch plate screw and the aluminum door frame and felt a shock. I decided to take the cover off and see what was going on, this was just too wierd. After turning off the Main Breaker I pulled the switch out and found that a 2-way switch was installed, and because the idiot that replaced the 3-way with a 2-way thought that the three screws were for the 3 wires they hooked up one of the travelers (Black Hot Wire) to the ground screw. Luckily it was not raining that day for me, and luckily no one else had that situation where you are well grounded and get all of the amps. I capped the Hot Wire, took a picture, and reported this in the report, somethings I just can't walk away from, there were just too many reasons just reporting on this would not have been enough. I also have a lot of experience with electrical and have learned from some of the best.
-Steve-

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Re: Electrocution by 3-Way Switch Wiring? 12 years 5 months ago #31263

Ouch. Some people should definitely not be working with electrical. Installing a light switch is about as easy as it gets! If you took a picture,  please post it. It's good for reference. What narrative did you use in the report?

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Dominic Maricic
Home Inspector Pro Home Inspection Software - CEO

Re: Electrocution by 3-Way Switch Wiring? 12 years 5 months ago #31264

Narrative:  "Inspector received a warm, fuzzy feeling from light switch."  ;D

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Re: Electrocution by 3-Way Switch Wiring? 12 years 5 months ago #31269

HAHA. How about "House has an shocking personality"

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