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Old 05-27-2012, 07:44 PM   #1
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Reason for not burying a switch?


We've got a light switch that previously went to a set of sconces. We removed the sconces (just don't want them anymore), and so we've got a switch that goes to nothing.

I know that code says not to bury the switch, but I'm curious why?

Sure, if someone in the future wanted to put something back there that'd be convenient for them...but let's assume no ever needed any use out of that switch for anything at all.

Is there some safety reason? Or is it just convenience? Something else?


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If you wish to get rid of the box, simply disconnect the feed wires from the source where they get power.

Assuming there are no others wires and connections in said box, correct?

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If you wish to get rid of the box, simply disconnect the feed wires from the source where they get power.

Assuming there are no others wires and connections in said box, correct?
That's my assumption...and that's a good solution.

But I'm still curious why I keep reading "Don't bury the box, don't bury the box"...just haven't read why people keep saying that.
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If people need to service the conection later for diagnostics or troubles one shouldn't be expected to find a buried box behind drywall. Get rid of the wiring going to the box or put a cap over it. Hiding a wire junction is a poor choice for the above reasons.
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The code requires any energized connections to be accessible so they cannot be buried. It also makes troubleshooting a real pain.
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That's my assumption...and that's a good solution.

But I'm still curious why I keep reading "Don't bury the box, don't bury the box"...just haven't read why people keep saying that.
Mainly its because a connection in the box may come loose and something that is fed from the box, won't work! In order to make repair the electrician will have no idea that the box exists or where it may be.
Also, insulation in the cable feeding the box can fail and cause a short that trips the breaker or even start a fire.
If you must bury the box, do as others have stated and disconnect the feed wire at its source.
Then you can do what ever you please without concern for future problems.
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Remove switch, twist wire nuts on the wires, and install a blank cover plate of your choice.
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If that is the only way to turn on a light in that room, you may be violating code by removing the sconces and switch.

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