Tommy Silva...What are you Thinking?
Watched an episode of "ASK THIS OLD HOUSE" the other day. The episode involved a homeowner who wanted to cut through an existing wall and frame in a "Pass -thru." Well, TOH sent Mr. Tom Silva to deal with the problem.
Show started out well, but then, IMHO Tom Silva "glossed" over some troubling details...one which infact is definately a National Electrical Code violation.
First troubling incident was that homeowner wanted the wall opening to have a radiussed header instead of a flat (square) opening. Silva demonstrated his "trick" which simply involved tacking a nail at each end of the proposed header opening, and tacking a 3rd nail so many inches up in the center...he took a piece of thin wood lath, pushed it up until it touched all 3 nails, then drew his arc. This became his pattern for cutting out the radius.
Nothing really too wrong with that idea, except he had better check his glasses, the arch was clearly not centered properly...resembled more of a salt box look; which he then proceeded to cut out anyhow...Homeowner exclaims" Gee, how nice..." or something to that effect.
Second incident involved the discovery of romex buried inside the wall cavity after Tom removed the drywall. Tom tells the homeowner that this is a problem seeing how the wiring leads to 2 receptacles on one side of this wall and it runs to another receptacle on the other side as well. Tom's great solution...He tells the owner he will simply cut off the wiring and that the homeowner can call out an electrician who will simply take the cut wiring and stuff it all inside a new junction box that will be buried inside the wall atop the new arch (header) opening! C'mon Tom...what kind of cop-out is that? You can't bury a junction box inside a wall. There has to access to it...this is clearly a code violation. I was so surprised to hear him say that. Not only that, but what a cop-out to say basically, I'll just frame this passage wall in place and after I leave, you the homeowner can deal with the electrical aftermath. I do what he didi on that show, and I'd be out of business in a heart beat.
Lastly, Tom demonstrated how to make a plunge cut with a recipricating saw into the wall and make a clean cut through a 2X4 stud without cutting through the drywall on the "back side" of the stud wall. He didi this manuever very nicely. Then Tom let the homeowner have a go at it. Well lo and behold the homeowner botched the job...he actually cut clear through the other side where he was not supposed to cut. This "boo-boo" resulted in marring in 2 places a section of pre-painted (factory) beadboard style wainscoting complete with chair rail. The chair rail is not damamged, but the vertical lined bead board has two (2) inch and half long horizontal gouges right through it plain as day. Homeowner says, "What can we do about this Tom?" Tom casually remarks offhandedly, "Oh, that aint so bad, put a little wood filler on it and some paint and no one will ever notice."
YEAH RIGHT! That baby will stick out like a sore thumb forever with using that advice!
IMHO, these pros are getting sloppy and resting on their laurels.