Here are the 10 worst wiring jobs all cleaned up.
Fixing a Bird's Nest
Cleaning Up the Boss's System
Disaster Zone
Electrician Makes a Mess
Flood Ruins System
Most Would Walk Away
This Can't be Real
Rat's Nest in Producer's Home
Wiring Enclosure Disaster
Wiring Vomiting Out of Cabinets
  
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Wiring Vomiting Out of Cabinets

This labor-intensive rewiring of whole-house systems was “a big risk” business-wise for Custom Media owner Aaron Cantrell.

“There are so many liabilities with a panel like that,” he says. “If there’s something wacky, say, in the walls that you don’t know about, you can get in big trouble. That’s why I never quote over the phone.”

When Cantrell did get out to the job, he found “wiring just vomiting out of the cabinet.” There were splitters and DB attenuators with knobs, “stuff made in 1973, before I was even born,” Cantrell says.

There were “outs going out and ins going in. “We probably had to take 90 percent of the junk out of there. There was [wiring] he wasn’t using at all.”

Cantrell and his best tech created a diagram that documented everything. The initial documentation process took two full days, while the job took one week.

“Things had been staticy, not working properly. Once we got all the crap out of there, obviously, it cleaned up the signal quite a bit,” Cantrell says.

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