18 September, 2013

Finish Carpenter

When finish carpenters use nail guns to install trim and molding in houses, do they ever accidentally shoot nails into live electrical wires? Suppose the wire goes "POP", lets out sparks, and the power on the circuit goes out. What do they do when this happens? What if it's an existing home where the homeowner simply wanted to re-decorate and install new trim, rather than a new home under construction. I think I found an answer. That is a carpenters NIGHTMARE. Most of the time the wires are done right and placed in the middle of the depth of the wall so that if the right size nails and a little common sense are used, this can be avoided. Luckily, I've only done it with low voltage doorbell wire and the repair was easy. Damaging a higher voltage line can be much more serious and may require an electrician to run a new wire. Chris

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  1. Jasmine Lowell140 September 14, 2013 at 2:19 am #
    This happens sometimes. I have had a carpenter put a nail through my freon line for a central air conditioner as well. If this happens the wall must be cut open and repairs made its no big deal just a little drywall repair.
  2. Mindy Hall605 September 14, 2013 at 7:39 am #
    It happens. It should not. Ideally the finish carpenter uses the correct length nails to reduce this problem. And, if wiring (or plumbing) is installed correctly the chances of this happening are vanishingly small.
  3. Lyz Baghwan September 14, 2013 at 11:40 am #
    I'm pretty sure it has happened, If at any point any one in the house did remodeling and did not let the carpenter know about wires in the area, it can happen. If that does happens the breaker should cut off. At that time the problem should be handle by an electrician.
  4. A. Dree September 14, 2013 at 1:59 pm #
    That's a possibility. These accidents can happen but it can also happen while driving a nail using a regular hammer as well. If the carpenter is good, he will try to avoid this from happening. If all your electricity works fine after the remodeling, you have nothing to worry about it. Just make sure to test your electrical circuits before the carpenter leaves with the pay check on hand if you are worried about his reputation. Good luck. . . .