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Old 10-13-2008, 08:32 AM   #1
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Handling old wiring


I am redoing parts of my bathroom (40 year old house) and occasionally I need to move electrical wires out of the way and them put them back. Are wires of this age brittle or are they malleable enough to move around without too many problems? If I need to pull the old staples should I use a new staple when putting the wire back? Do I need to use caution when inserting the staple on the old wire?

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Yes, Yes and Yes.

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Old wires can be especially brittle near light fixtures. Years of high heat can make the insulation so it just crumbles with any movement. Best to replace this wire if you have the walls torn apart.
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Id replace it, bring your bath up to code with a 20 amp ded. for a gfci.
Remember, your not supposed to modify ungrounded circuits.
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If it is not a 20 amp bathroom dedicated circuit then I would replace it to meet current code while the wall is open. Since the wall is open it may even be required.
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