View Full Version : Wiring touching HW copper nipples

tedd weyman
05-17-2011, 09:51 AM
I think I made a mistake and asked my carpenter (and he is excellent at carpentry) to pull outlet and ceiling light wires in my cottage. Now when I come to check the work I find several wires are touching the HW supply and return copper nipples (servicing European style, wall hung HW radiators). My HW heating supply temp will be abot 140/150 F degrees.

I am uncomfortable with this situation but I dont know the rules. My heating contractor says its a no-no but he is a HVAC guy.

Please advise.


H.G. Watson, Sr.
05-17-2011, 10:17 AM
This is a technical Home Inspector (Electrical Systems) area of the forum.

Do not be surprised when you find that your topic has been moved to the "Questions from Homeowners, Homebuyers, and DIYers" area.

Acquire a proper permit for modifications from your electrical Authority.

Your electrical authority can advise you as to where you can consult the provincial code with ammendments as applicable.

Hire a legitimate electrical contractor/electrician.

Get your appropriate INSPECTIONS and certifications/stickers showing inspected from your electrical authority.

tedd weyman
05-17-2011, 05:02 PM
That's not an answer, that is scolding.

Can anyone answer my question?

Dom D'Agostino
05-17-2011, 05:09 PM
Can anyone answer my question?
You really didn't ask a question.

But, I'll agree with the previous answer:

Call a qualified electrician to correct the improper wiring.


Nick Ostrowski
05-17-2011, 05:23 PM
Don't feel singled out Tedd. HG scolds everybody.

Do you have any pictures of the situation/installation that you can post?

I will agree with your statement that having the carpenter run electrical lines was a mistake. You should bring in a professional electrician. But pics of the mess would help.

John Arnold
05-17-2011, 05:30 PM
That's not an answer, that is scolding....

He doesn't know the difference. My advice is to ignore him.

H.G. Watson, Sr.
05-17-2011, 07:56 PM
You didn't actually ask a question, you pleaded for advice. (or to be advised).

I advised you.

I offered the following advice:

I advised you to stop posting in technical areas so that our host doesn't have to keep moving your topics, and abide by the forum rules.

I advised you to hire a legitimate electrician.

I advised you to acquire inspections AND a permit from your Electrical Safety Authority.

I advised you as to how you could acquire the information and safety correction information you seek.

I advised you to stop breaking the law and to do the right thing.

Before you and your "crew" injure or kill somebody; or burn your cabin down.

Just because you don't like my advice doesn't mean it wasn't fully responsive to your original post. (It was).

tedd weyman
05-17-2011, 09:25 PM
Thanks a lot, y'all, for your help. I have hired an electrician and reassigned the carpenter to his speciality. First thing the electrican said when inspecting the work, and talking about going forward was: gotta move those wires away from the rads and HW supply pipes.