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Note the 3 black cables

Posted by
Viewfinder (Bradenton, FL, United States) on 11 April 2011 in Miscellaneous and Portfolio.

Inside our breaker box. Two of these are shiny, one looks "flat" and a bit out of focus. This is the one that was melting and would have set our house on fire, if we hadn't smelled the burning smell of melting rubber in our garage and called the fire dept. out early one morning. Thanks to their thorough inspection, the culprit wire was found, disaster was averted, the house did not burn down, and new copper wiring is now in place (installed by a licensed electrician).

All in a day's work, I suppose...

Canon PowerShot A2000 IS 1/8 second F/3.2 ISO 200 7 mm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Yeah, we live closer to the edge than we know - glad you survived this one !

11 Apr 2011 7:43am

@Ronnie 2¢: Thanks, me too. Where the electrical box is placed if this had caught fire in the night, our house would have burned to the ground before we even knew what happened.

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Too close for comfort! I had Mike look at the photo and he said "melting" before I had the chance to scroll to your text. As Ronnie wrote, we all live closer...than we know. Glad you took action!

11 Apr 2011 11:07am

@Judy aka L@dybug: Mike has a good "eye" in recognizing this so quickly.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I've heard that aluminum wiring is a disaster waiting to happen. Disaster did strike at an office I worked in years ago. The aluminum wiring overheated, in the big electrical panel, resulting in a roaring fire that caused a lot of damage to the building and spread soot all through the part of the wing not actually touched by the fire.

11 Apr 2011 6:01pm

@Steve Rice: Aluminum wiring is exactly what the electrician told us was at the root of this melt-down. Beware if your house is wired in aluminum; a relatively short life-span compared with copper wiring.

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Oh yeah that one got a bit hot, glad you found it and glad you have a fire department to call, those guys are heroes!

12 Apr 2011 2:26am

Canon PowerShot A2000 IS
1/8 second
ISO 200
7 mm