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Open walls - Exposed Insulation

Lee in L.A.

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Or let a toddler run along and rip the electrical wires out of the walls. Outlet to outlet its a perfect height for a kid to grip and rip. Not that they would ever do something so dangerous. Prolly OK as long as they have the new receptacles with the child resistant receptacles that have the retractable covers over the slots in the receptacle so they don't have to use the old "pacifier" style protection. A kid would never jerk on a eye level wire for fun and giggles...
Strong kid you got there. Or are the walls using cardboard instead of drywall? :leeann2:
 

Mr Rex

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Strong kid you got there. Or are the walls using cardboard instead of drywall? :leeann2:
There is no drywall, paper faced insulation. Try to keep up. Perhaps even read the OP.
 

Econobot

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There is no drywall, paper faced insulation. Try to keep up. Perhaps even read the OP.
You must not realize that wiring is to be stapled to framing, not hanging loose in the wall cavity. A grown adult should struggle to remove without prying out the staples.
 

Mr Rex

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Doh! As a Home Inspector I did not know that.;) Actually most of it is run through holes drilled through the studs. Ever seen a house stripped of wiring by crackheads?
 

Econobot

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Doh! As a Home Inspector I did not know that.;) Actually most of it is run through holes drilled through the studs. Ever seen a house stripped of wiring by crackheads?
Surely, more like meth heads but wiring needs to be stapled to the stud near the box where it terminates in an effort to at least slow the tweaker down or require at least a 1/2 ton pickup to pull out the wiring (not a kia). This was a recent update to the electrical code which required electricians to carry hammers, which also gave them a weapon to defend their copper...
 

Mr Rex

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Surely, more like meth heads but wiring needs to be stapled to the stud near the box where it terminates in an effort to at least slow the tweaker down or require at least a 1/2 ton pickup to pull out the wiring (not a kia). This was a recent update to the electrical code which required electricians to carry hammers, which also gave them a weapon to defend their copper...
Yes, current/modern code requires stapling and if through holes through the studs require a metal protection plate on either side of the hole to protect the wire from potential damage from a nail or a screw (same for a plumbing pipe). However for years it was not stapled, no plates required etc.

I have seen manufactured homes with wiring ripped out and basically the crackhead would snatch the outlet or switch box out of the wall and grap the stapled wires with a pair of pliers and pull like heck. The drywall has a +/-1 inch rip from the box up to the ceiling. You couldn't pay them to work that hard at a real job.
 

Lee in L.A.

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Why give Lee (the LA Lee) snark?
Oh well. I have not seen a house stripped by crackheads.
Perhaps that LAPD gang is doing a good job in some ways?
They did get rid of that carpetbagger Bratten. But I digress. :leeann2:
 

CANative

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When I was a kid I asked my mom about our family history. All she would say is that they were all thieves and carpetbaggers. :)
 

Lee in L.A.

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When I was a kid I asked my mom about our family history. All she would say is that they were all thieves and carpetbaggers. :)
Why are you not in politics then? It's a perfect fit. :leeann2:
 
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