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Doug Crf 04-10-2006 12:00 AM

Pulling romex thru wall with old romex?
Do you think I would be able to pull a new piece of romex thru a outlet box and up thru the wall to the attic by tapeing the two together.
I am a little worried about the new and old piece comming a part in the wall.Or what other options would I have?
Thanks doug

jproffer 04-10-2006 01:25 AM

What's wrong with the old romex?

Ah well, at any rate, I wouldn't rely on tape. Twist the conductors together and have someone push from the bottom while you pull from the top to minimize the stress on the connections. It'll go pretty easy.

MinConst 04-10-2006 05:29 AM

If the original Romex is stapled in the bays you won't be able to pull this way. If not I strip back about 6" of outer shield and cut off white and black tight to the jacket. Loop both grounds, connect them together and twist them both sides. Tape all this well onto the jacket at each end and then pull while feeding the end like jp said. You might want to remove the box to make it a little smoother.

Doug Crf 04-10-2006 01:37 PM

Jp what I need to do is tap into the romex and install a junction box but the problem is that the romex has no slack and I think I would need slack to be able to wire nut the wires so what I was thinking is if I could pull a new wire my problem would be solved.
Or do you know of another way I could go about this.The attic is very accesable.
I guess I could just splice in like a foot or somthing and put a junction box
where I splice it but it will not look very good considering there is only like three feet of romex there cause it comes from the wall switch to the attic for like three feet and down to the wall plug so I would have the J.B with the splice for the extension and then the J.B where I tap into it for the fan.
I do alot of electrical on trucks and the least splices and connections the better off you are.
I am sure a house is the same but also there is code to follow and I do want to follow code.
I would probley go with the extending and just have to have the boxes that close but would that be by code or not.
So would you happen to have or any one have any suggestions for me?
Thank's Doug

jbfan 04-11-2006 09:33 AM

How many wires are in the outlet box? Any insulattion in the walls? You could drill a hole in the top plate, drop a small chain down the wall. Catch the chain with a magnet, and pull your new wire to where ever you need it. Anothe option is to cut out he box, drop your wire, and install an old work box in its place, make your connections, and then continue with your project.

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