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drtbk4ever 12-30-2008 10:29 AM

Newbie's first question, pinched wire
Hello everyone,

Thanks to all the experts here for giving me a newfound respect for the multitude of electrical issues. It is more than just running wire.

I have an undeveloped basement and have those pull chain lights and the strings constantly slide off the chain.

I had to loosen the fixture to shake the chain out and as I was tightening the fixture, I pinched the black wire up against the metal box and the fixture and had a bit of a spark show. So I turned the power off, went back in and noticed a nick in the sheathing of the black wire, I taped it up with electricians tape and put it back together.

After reading the multitude of posts here I thought I better ask if this fix is sufficient or should I go back in there and cut the wire back to the nick?

Oh yeah, my next task is to hook up a switch to those lights. I'll deal with that in another post.


Newbie Bill

handyman78 12-30-2008 10:40 AM

If you have sufficient extra wire after cutting to the nick, I would do that to clean it up. If you have the room you could also extend it (with wirenut) using a piece of the same gauge & color wire if necessary. Nicking the wire essentially makes it a smaller conductor and adds a weak spot for future breakage.

Termite 12-30-2008 10:47 AM

A tape repair isn't good enough for repairing the insulation of the conductor. As handyman said, if you have sufficient length it would be wise to cut back to the damage and re-wire.

drtbk4ever 12-30-2008 11:20 AM

OK, I will do that guys, thanks.

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