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Old 01-18-2011, 10:44 AM   #1
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Abandon romex?

Hello all,
I am re running some circuits in order to move a fixture. The 14/2 that I am replacing is stapled to the studs and is stacked with another 14/2 cable. I am replacing only one of the 14/2 cables.

I am concerned that if I try to remove the staples from the bundle of wires, that I will damage the cable that I am not replacing. Is there an appropriate way to abandon a run of wire in a wall? The drywall is off and I am down to the studs.

Thanks much


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Old 01-18-2011, 10:53 AM   #2
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Cut is short so it can't be used and leave it if you like.
If you cut the unused NM near the staple you should be able to pull it out. It should not be stapled tight.


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Old 01-18-2011, 11:41 AM   #3
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Using a pair of angled cutters you can lever the staple out of the stud to allow you to remove the abandoned cable.
Answers based on the National Electrical Code. Local amendments may apply. Check with your local building officials.
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Old 01-18-2011, 12:11 PM   #4
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If you have the studs open, get the wire out.
If you are abandoning wire that you can't remove, then take all the wires, strip the ends, twist the wires together and cap and tape. Do this to both ends of the wire.
This way if someone energizes the wire not knowing where the other end goes it will immediateley trip the breaker.

I also do this when I rough in wires for later use.
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