Can you guess where I'm going with this? Well, Hubby recently noticed what he thought might be a leak under our dining room window. After he cut a hole in the wall, it turned out that it was a poorly-done drywall patch. And this was behind it:
Yes, those are loose wires. And after using an electrical tester, we found out that they're live. Oh boy.
So where did they come from? Back when the house was built, it had electric baseboard heat, but at some point the downstairs and master bedroom were converted to forced air oil heat. At some point after that, the baseboard radiators were removed and the wall was patched.
My dad, an electrical engineer, says that because the wires were capped and taped they didn't pose a serious danger, but they definitely need to be put into a junction box and disconnected, if possible, to be extra-safe.
So hubby went out and bought the required materials and got to work. And the sweet man put up with his blogging wife taking pictures of his every move. :-)
Right now the patch is on and the wall looks like this, but once it's sanded and painted, you hopefully won't be able to notice the hole was ever there.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who has found poorly done DIY's. What have you found in your home?