buy a house that was formerly occupied, you never know what
you'll find. I've bought and sold my share of homes in my 63
years, and I've run into almost every situation imaginable.
However, for a house built in the 1970's the condition of the
outlets and switches in this house was atrocious.
examining a few of the outlets that had been damaged, painted
over, or so loose that they wouldn't hold a plug in place, I
decided to mechanically replace every outlet and switch in the
house. On a separate page,
I teach you how to do this yourself
and save a
lot of money. Lowe's had outlets on sale for 59 cents, so I
bought enough to do the whole house and had a few spares left over.
The following photos show what I found in almost every outlet
way, Leviton® outlets are rated in the millions of
insertions; so how do you wear out an outlet so much that it
can't hold a cell phone charger in place? Beats me! It is almost
like the builder's electrician used SCRAP outlets that were
thrown away by demolition crews.
To add to
the problems I found, after a few weeks of living in the house
and working on it, the Mains Breaker in the
Circuit Breaker Box developed a