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wingman 03-05-2006 12:10 PM

Extending length of wire
I'm trying to relocate an exisitng switch but the wire is not long enough. Is there a way to extend the wire without rewiring the entire room. The switch that I intend to relocate is on the third floor and the main breaker is in the basement at the other end of the house. Fishing a new wire is close to impossible. My neighbor extended his by running a new wire from the exisitng switch to the new locatioin and then concealing the box behing the drywall. Is that legal? Please help....:confused:

jproffer 03-05-2006 12:25 PM

Any splice you do to add length HAS to be in a junction box and HAS to be accessible...forever. You can't leave it in the wall behind the sheetrock.

wingman 03-05-2006 12:49 PM

Any other suggestion??
Any other suggestion besides a junction box? I don't want to have junction box on the wall in a bed room.

Speedy Petey 03-05-2006 02:30 PM

Of course you do not have to go back to the main panel. You simply need to find a place to put an accessible j-box.
You say this is third floor? How about in the attic? Is there one above?

Mike Swearingen 03-05-2006 02:32 PM

A receptacle/switch box is smaller than a j-box, and also comes with a solid cover plate.
You have to use one or the other. The cover can be covered with wallpaper or painted to blend with the location, but it has to be accessible, as stated.

wingman 03-05-2006 04:04 PM

Since the main thing is for it to be accessible can this switch box be located on the ceiling? :)

jproffer 03-05-2006 04:28 PM

Hmmmm...I don't see why not.

joed 03-05-2006 05:47 PM

What's on the other side of the wall? The box could be turned around and mounted on the opposite wall.

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