Re: House hunting, was [gardeners] Tumbler tomatoes

Margaret Lauterbach (
Fri, 15 May 1998 07:39:50 -0600

>I hope Steve is remembering to pull a few outlets and switches to check for
>aluminum wiring. Some of the older homes still have it and it's a definite
>fire hazard due to bimetallic corrosion. We turned down a home we thought
>we really wanted down here in 1988 because it would have cost to much to
>totally rewire it.
We added onto our house in 1988, and I have a strong suspicion that the
contractor used aluminum wiring.  It was passed by the inspector, and our
area does conform to the Uniform Building Code.  One electrician I later
talked to said it was okay, if the ends of the wires were sprayed with an
anti-corrosion stuff (ran out of words).  What do you do, George?  Turn off
the breaker, take switch plate off and undo the wire to look at it?