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Old 12-05-2010, 11:01 AM   #1
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moving electrical outlet using aluminum wiring

I am paneling a 30 yr old log cabin with pine planks. All the outlets in the cabin are set into the first course of logs so they are only 2 - 3 inches above the floor. If i leave them where they are, they will be covered with 1/2 inch plywood, 3/4 pine panel, and 3/4 baseboard (2 inch recess). I want to move them up about 18 inches and will have to splice. Also, all house wiring is aluminum. My question is, can I use the existing outlet boxes as a junction box if I put a blank cover on them and can I then cover them with pine paneling?


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You can't cover a junction box
It must always be accessible thru the blank cover


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Maybe this would be a good time to rewire and get rid of that aluminum wiring
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If you leave them where they are you need to add box extenders so no wood is exposed inside the box. You can cover them with a blank cover. You can not cover them with panelling. They must remain accessible.
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