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7 Horrible Wiring Jobs

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7 Horrible Wiring Jobs
By Steve Crowe
Readers sent in more scary wiring jobs they've come across. See how the builder screwed up, again.

Most installers have probably received calls from consumers who are freaking out because their system, for some unknown reason, just isn't working properly.

Only does the root of the problem become so obvious after going to the jobsite.

We've rounded up seven horrible wiring jobs, ranging from horrible home theater wiring to a system a builder tried to install.

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Compared with the low-voltage done on the neighbors' house, it's easy to see why installer Beyond Audio was called on to patch things up.

It was the Kelowna, B.C.-based integrator that had wired the neighboring home, and when that owner saw this mess, our client insisted this owner call us, says Beyond Audio's Mike Ohman.

At first, the owner was hesitant to have things moved around, says Ohman. We saw the wiring the first day with the client, and he suggested we not touch it for fear everything would stop working altogether. They had just moved in, two TVs were working and his computer network kind of worked, but he had to keep things operational during a light renovation.

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post #2 of 6
Those were the dark days....before humanity was freed by the twisty ties.
post #3 of 6
Useless article. The first example alone, "first i had bad wiring" then i dropped 10g's and had better wiring.
post #4 of 6
The first step is hiring a competent architect who knows what a proper distribution closet is.

BTW here's a great site full of horrific wiring disasters. You will laugh, cry, and spend hours marvelling at the creative screwups.
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I'll bet most of those were done by 'low bid gets the job' companies. If so, a lot of the fault lies in the customer, esp. the one where the 'builder' did the shoddy work. Guaranteed that his attitude was 'I don't need to pay no stinkin' 'lectronics guy to do this'

I see that all the time. If the first thing the customer asks about is price, rather than what he'll get for his money, I walk away. As the saying goes: Good, fast, cheap, which two do you want?
post #6 of 6
you can have the best design known to man, though the implementation of that design due to budget constraints can end up the biggest functional hazardous piece of **** on the face of the earth

though it takes balls to fix another persons screwups and gloat about it afterwards and how much you charged the poor sap to fix it..
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