Home Inspection – The Electrical Panel

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Professional home inspector Vince Clingenpeel discusses how to inspect your electrical panel.

    Vince Clingenpeel

    Vince Clingenpeel is the president and principle inspector of Clingenpeel Properties Inc. His father founded the company in 1954 as a masonry business. He started his career as a bricklayer, then apprenticing again to become a master carpenter and remodeling contractor. He also teaches adult education trade classes in his spare time. Vince uses his knowledge, experience and affiliation with the American Society of Home Inspectors (www.ASHI.org) to provide home inspections as well as construction and maintenance advice to homeowners and do-it-yourselfers in Northern Virginia.

    Vince Clingenpeel: I m Vince Clingenpeel, Home Inspector. We re talking about things you should be expecting from your home inspection. Now we re in the basement. We ve got the electric panel. Every inspection should include a comprehensive look at the electric panel. What we re looking for, neatness counts, the wiring, that all the breakers are clean, the connections are clean.

    We re also looking for matching the gauge of the wire to the breaker. Everything in here looks very neatly done. Many of these houses, these older houses have been worked on three or four times or more by homeowners. Nothing in this thing this is homeowner. Leave this to the professionals. This is a genuine, do not try this at home . Now let s go over and look at the furnace and the water heater.