Foreclosed House - What is this?

fishhawk101April 17, 2013

Hi there!

This is my first post after much lurking.

Today we finalized our purchase of a foreclosed home. It needs work so I doubt this will be my last post!

The house was owned by an older couple and has some interesting features. The first puzzle to figure out is the reason for the strange electrical in the basement. There are five of the pictured outlets on a two opposing walls in the walkout basement. There are caramel colored stains on the flooring which seem to lead toward the basement toilet.

Everyone is telling me this is not meth but I need the forum's opinion before sleeping good at night. The only reason I don't think its non-toxic is because the neighborhood is fairly exclusive and the foreclosed tenants were elderly. However, I've asked a lot of people and so far do not have a good theory.

Any idea?


This post was edited by fishhawk101 on Wed, Apr 17, 13 at 22:16

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I've never seen a receptacle/switch combo like that. But I have seen all kinds of Mickey Mouse wiring/rewiring. If you're not familiar with electrical work--and I assume you aren't as you're posting the pic--don't touch it until you're sure what it is. For all you know, those wires could be connected directly to the live and neutral input and be deadly. Post the pic on the electrical forum. Maybe someone there has seen that combo.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2013 at 9:49AM
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Really surprised by watching those wires. May be those were for purpose,but this is extremely dangerous.keep you and your family members away from it.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2013 at 8:17AM
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