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Mi Feller 04-20-2010 07:23 PM

Disabling unused outlets during remodel
Is it acceptable to cap/tape over the leads into a 120v receptacle when no longer needed during a remodel or do you always have to trace back to the source and disconnect there? In this case the receptacle appears to be the last one in the series with nothing running off of it. Related question applies to a porch light which won't be needed because that area will become a new room during the remodel. That would be easier to disable at the switch-I think.

AllanJ 04-20-2010 07:27 PM

1. Yes you can take the leads off the receptacle, tape (or cap) them one at a time, then curl the wires up in the box and put a blank cover on. The cover must remain exposed.

2. Leave it connected and insert child proof caps into the receptacle slots.

3. If you do disconnect both ends of a cable, you can bury that cable in the wall with no boxes, no covers. It is preferable to put labels on both ends describing where the opposite end is located in case a future owner may want to resurrect the cable.

Scuba_Dave 04-20-2010 07:35 PM

Live wires must remain in an accessible box
So if you leave them live (capped) the box must remain

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