So, the story goes as follows. I have a tendency to burn my food, and so the smoke alarm in my apartment wasn't very happy with me. The former super, who is also a good friend of mine, suggested installing a vent hood. To do so, he split off some lines from the outlet that used to be here. When it came time to cover this box now full of capped wires, I learned that I hadn't sized the box correctly, so the cover was kinda flailing around and held to the box with tape. So, the owner's handyman was around today and saw it and thought it was unsafe, which yeah great. Unfortunately, this is how he fixed it:

So yup, one hack-job got traded in for an even hackier one. *headdesk*

For those who are curious, any of these options constitute a proper solution:


  • get a cover that's the right size for the junction box, then cover with a plastic faceplate
  • replace the junction box with a new one with a cover, then a faceplate
  • install an outlet that can handle the load from the hood (I had two blow out, which is why there's no outlet in the junction box currently)

And so to sum up, plaster is never the solution to bad electrical work.