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Old 06-15-2011, 06:22 PM   #16
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Her is a pic of the box supplying the light.
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Old 06-15-2011, 06:24 PM   #17
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Old 06-15-2011, 06:33 PM   #18
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I don’t see the zip cord in there. It must go somewhere else in between the light and the switch. Any ideas? The round light above the sink?

FYI, the light box doesn’t have a retainer for the cable entering it. No offense, but someone did a cobble job on that circuit.
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Old 06-15-2011, 07:15 PM   #19
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Don't see the zip cord in the light. Cut it out. If you find something that doesn't work then you can run the proper cable to it.

Add a cable clamp to the NM cable in the fixture box.
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Old 06-15-2011, 07:15 PM   #20
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I thought the same about the light above the sink. I'll check it tomorrow. Yes the previous "electrician" was top notch. No it wasn't me.
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when you say cut it out, can i just cap that rip cord and leave it by itself?
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Joe, from what the OP has said, I gather the light won't work without the zipcord.
Justin, no, you can't just cap the zipcord. You need to get rid of it, and replace it with the proper cable, if you want it to be safe. I'd check that light above the sink and maybe the switchbox that controls that light. Might be in some other outlet nearby too. Hopefully its not a 'flying joint' above the ceiling.
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uh oh. what is a flying joint?

why would it be regular wire up in the ceiling box but ripcord in the switch box? could they be spliced?

i don't see how i can do any rewiring without drywall work?
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Ok ripcord all disconnected and all lights and outlets seem to function as normal. So weird.

So why would it spark when I connected one side if the rip cord to the black and the other to the ganged whites?

So can I cap and tape the rip cord and leave it in there?
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I have seen abandoned wires that were tied together so if the power was ever restored, the breaker would trip.
Tha may be what happened with the zip cord.
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If it was abandoned why do you think it was still connected to one of the blacks when I pulled it out?

Also I turned on all the switches I could find and tested the rip cord with a no contact tester and it appears dead.
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Just found the answer. There is an old under cabinet light mounting literature and now I see a hole where they fed the cord through. Looks like they were having an under counter light turn on at the same time as the overhead.

Thank you all so much for helping me figure this out!
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Good to hear you got it figured out.

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