Perhaps we ought to subtitle this post, "Fun with extension cords and electrical tape," or "What's a building code violation?"

The idiocy on display in this video is just staggering. Not one, but two openers have been installed in a garage that doesn't appear to be wired for electricity. We won't reveal any more spoilers, as there's nearly three minutes of drama to be had here, as the camera traces the wiring path back to its source.

While we're all for manginuity, there's a pretty clear line between channeling your inner MacGyver and creating a fire hazard. Please don't try this in your own garage.

Video after the jump.



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      Ron Ayotte
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a fire officer, I cal this "job security"!
      Egon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yikes. That work isn't even half-way to being half-assed.
      vizcarmb
      • 3 Years Ago
      Better call Holmes on Homes
      jcar302
      • 3 Years Ago
      As an electrical contractor, i see this type of crap all the time. What's worse is that most of the stuff has to be fixed when they sell the house, so essentially they are fixing it with their money for the next guy, something that if they had any sense, they would have just done for themselves. I've seen similar done, but with 2 pair phone wire, all 4 colors tied together on one to be the hot, then another all tied together to be the neutral. Actually worked.
        Ashton
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jcar302
        lol, interesting. But I'd like to see what happens when a large load is applied to it. My guess is the catV would get very hot, and eventually melt, which should trip the breaker. Like Billy Currington says.....People Are Crazy
      cotodecompton
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thank god they made a drip loop in that chord!
      Chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      Simply amazing.
      John S
      • 3 Years Ago
      Something looks fishy with that water heater too.
        BipDBo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @John S
        I don't think that the water heater wiring comes into view. All I see is insulated water piping.
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is a symbol of what is wrong with society. We are generally a bunch of capable people, but so many are lazy and just don't care to take the time, and extra $100 to do the job right. That being said, +1 for using romex for part of the job
      Master Austin
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seeing the surrounding structures, and the architecture and condition of the house, obviously the garage was important, NOT the rest of the house. Again, it's about priorities. Most probably it'll burn down, then the next story will say "Oh this poor man, with a family of 3, were burned to this in this 1920's shack on ___ road"...and thats when we must stop and think "Hm, we aren't feel sorry for the fool"...
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Figure two 1/3 horsepower motors although neither one is likely to be run at the same time. The weak link is the lampcord extension, probably rated før 10 amps at most. But the long run øf wiring is likely to drop the voltage at the garage door openers and thus draw more amperage than 110v would if it were 110 at the openers. 1/3 hp is generally figured at 7amp draw so that's why the house hasn't burned down...yet.
      icerabbit
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think that we've all used extension cords and loose runs in temporary situations, but that setup is a bit much. The minimal gauge extension cord in the water heater room would have me a weeee bit worried ... plus you really have to hope you're not the neighbor trimming up your tree a little. Unfortunately stuff like that is not uncommon with certain properties, and makes you wonder why there aren't more mishaps of various kinds.
      ASR
      • 3 Years Ago
      Proving once again that you can't spell 'scab' without ABC. If you are thinking about buying this home, just figure you are going to shell out some coin for electrical work or fire suppression gear.
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