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    Default Electrical wires on soffits.

    Hi,

    Is there anything wrong with fixing the electrical wires to the soffits?

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    Default Re: Electrical wires on soffits.

    Use to be very typical on older housing before the use of aluminum soffit and fascia.
    That set up was likely from the late 1940's to 1950's.

    In the photos above I would call it out because of the close fraying cabling in proximity to the aluminum. It may only take a good wind to possibly cause the wires to touch the aluminum.

    For my liking I would call for an upgrade.


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    Default Re: Electrical wires on soffits.

    Eli, perhaps you cold narrow down your location, Canada, as we all know is pretty big...

    Steve from Canada


    Quote Originally Posted by Eli Smith View Post
    Hi,

    Is there anything wrong with fixing the electrical wires to the soffits?



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    Default Re: Electrical wires on soffits.

    There was a time when anything "outside" the building was considered utility company domain. Utilities police themselves and local inspectors looked the other way. However; it's a very old precedent that predates metal, ( conductive ), soffits & gutters. In this case I'd say it's a hazard and red flag it. The mast being part in and part out of the siding is illegal. That three spool block the utility strike initially hits is bolted to a structural member probably not adequate for that purpose. Unfused wires so close to conductive material is a hazard.


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    Default Re: Electrical wires on soffits.

    Right. That is a serious shock hazard for anyone working on a ladder, cleaning the gutter or breaking up an ice dam, for example. Nowadays, the homeowner would be held responsible for not having the service mast upgraded.

    John Kogel, RHI, BC HI Lic #47455
    www.allsafehome.ca

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    Default Re: Electrical wires on soffits.

    I've never seen that set up around here - I wouldn't be comfortable ignoring it.

    Eric Barker, ACI
    Lake Barrington, IL

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    Default Re: Electrical wires on soffits.

    Thanks everyone.


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