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coathup 02-02-2013 12:29 PM

black marks on wire and insulation
I have a three year old modular house. we have noticed some dark marks on the wall boards so we pulled off the sheetrock to look. we noticed there is lots of black marks on the wires and the insulation to the outlet boxes etc. the wireing is white romex. the wire does not feel rough or melted but it looks like tar on the wire and it is sticking to the paper insulation. what causes this and is it dangerous and in need of changeing? the room is a bedroom.

mikegp 02-02-2013 01:18 PM

I've noticed this in my attic wherever the paper is touching romex. I think the romex heats up and draws tar/resin out of the paper. Probably not a fire hazard, but the non paper side should be touching the wiring.

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