Racing the Clock
Owners of a 1981 Colonial in Syracuse, N.Y., call in home inspector.
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This case takes place in upstate New York where the homeowners are in a bind. They’re facing a move out of state and a fast-approaching deadline. They’re hoping the sale price will bankroll a dream home in their new town. But time is not on their side. The property is a 1981 Colonial in Syracuse, N.Y. The house detective is Tom Sherman, a veteran of more than 800 home inspections.
Sherman notes that extension cords are designed for temporary use. Do not try to use them as permanent wiring. Plug it in when you need it; unplug it when you’re done.
Check that the specifications on the cord match the requirements on the appliance for which it will be used. The cord should always have a higher amperage or wattage rating than the appliance. If it doesn’t, there’s potential for overheating, which could damage the outlet and cause a fire.
Before using an extension cord, examine it carefully. If it is cut or damaged in any way, replace it. Only heavily insulated extension cords should be used outdoors. These are generally marked for outdoor use. Never run extension cords under a rug, that’s a fire hazard.
Remember, an extension cord is a piece of electrical equipment and should be kept in good working condition.
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