STUFF MY M-I-L SCREWED UP
Old House Journal|January - February 2021
My mother-in-law is an active 83-year-old who still lives in her own home of many years. When we last visited, we were horrified to discover that she has hung a collection of disused and out-of season clothing on Romex electrical cable, which runs through the joists under the basement ceiling. Now we’re worried about other safety issues down there, too. —Anthony (and Julia) Wisniewski
Anthony (and Julia) Wisniewski

THE FIX

Hanging anything from active wiring is a fire hazard and a big no-no. The weight of heavy items of clothing can loosen or dislodge the wiring, and wire hangers could abrade the plastic covering on the electrical wire—potentially causing a shock, or, more ominously, leading to a fire.

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