Reusing Abanonded Wire For Pigtails Or Other Purposes? - Electrical - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Electrical

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-21-2012, 09:29 AM   #1
Newbie
 
mysterd429's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: LI, NY
Posts: 29
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Reusing abanonded wire for pigtails or other purposes?


Hi all. I'm working on my basement workshop. and I'd like to put in outlets on switches in two-gang Wiremold-type boxes. There's a bunch of abandoned Romex-type wire in the workshop. (I tested it with voltage detector and digital multi-meter.) Can I use the sections that aren't crimped by staples or beat up on the ends for pigtails in the boxes? I know I need THHN for inside the channels, but can the abandoned wire be reused for other purposes it's long enough and not crimped?

Advertisement


Last edited by mysterd429; 10-21-2012 at 09:31 AM. Reason: "put in", not "put it"
mysterd429 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2012, 09:45 AM   #2
Member
 
seansy59's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: NJ, US
Posts: 292
Rewards Points: 250
Default

Reusing abanonded wire for pigtails or other purposes?


Honestly. If it was me, I would just buy a new $10 roll of Romex for new work. Unless the wire is in fantastic shape, never installed, and complies with todays standards (ie. not ungrounded cloth wire from the 50's on a new roll), I always like to use new items for things that are a new install. Personally it just makes me feel more confident that I won't have to rewire a new piece that failed within a month, just because I wanted to save $10.

Advertisement

seansy59 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2012, 09:55 AM   #3
Licensed Electrician
 
k_buz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: SE Wisconsin
Posts: 4,343
Rewards Points: 2,006
Default

Reusing abanonded wire for pigtails or other purposes?


I wanna know where you are buying romex for $10 a roll?

Sure, go ahead and use it.
__________________
__________________________________________________ ______________
Answers based on the National Electric Code. Always check local amendments.


k_buz is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to k_buz For This Useful Post:
electures (10-22-2012)
Old 10-21-2012, 10:39 AM   #4
Member
 
seansy59's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: NJ, US
Posts: 292
Rewards Points: 250
Default

Reusing abanonded wire for pigtails or other purposes?


Quote:
Originally Posted by k_buz View Post
I wanna know where you are buying romex for $10 a roll?

Sure, go ahead and use it.
HD. If he only needs short lengths of 1-2ft for in box wiring, then they sell 15ft rolls of 14/2 for $10.
seansy59 is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to seansy59 For This Useful Post:
mysterd429 (10-25-2012)
Old 10-21-2012, 10:51 AM   #5
Retired from the grind
 
gregzoll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Midwest - Central Illinois
Posts: 14,423
Rewards Points: 2,508
Default

Reusing abanonded wire for pigtails or other purposes?


I keep all extra Romex on a shelf, for this use. As long as it is in good shape, using for pigtails in circuits, should be no problem.
__________________
Ren: Now listen, Cadet. I've got a job for you. See this button? Ren: Don't touch it! It's the History Eraser button, you fool! Stimpy: So what'll happen? Ren: That's just it. We don't know. Maybe something bad, maybe something good. I guess we'll never know, 'cause you're going to guard it. You won't touch it, will you?
gregzoll is online now   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to gregzoll For This Useful Post:
mysterd429 (10-25-2012)
Old 10-21-2012, 12:20 PM   #6
Member
 
joed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Welland, Ontario
Posts: 8,379
Rewards Points: 3,552
Blog Entries: 4
Default

Reusing abanonded wire for pigtails or other purposes?


Using the wires from inside NM cable for 6" pigtails in a box is normal operating procedure. It is not OK to use for the wires in the wiremold channels.
__________________
Do not PM with questions that can be asked in a forum. I will not respond.
joed is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to joed For This Useful Post:
mysterd429 (10-25-2012)
Old 10-21-2012, 02:57 PM   #7
A "Handy Husband"
 
rjniles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: South Carolina Low Country
Posts: 4,241
Rewards Points: 2,392
Default

Reusing abanonded wire for pigtails or other purposes?


To the original poster:

Wondering why you want to use WireMold. PVC is cheaper and easier to use. PVC is not pretty but in a shop most would not care.
__________________
Location:
Coastal South Carolina
rjniles is online now   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to rjniles For This Useful Post:
mysterd429 (10-25-2012)
Old 10-25-2012, 05:48 PM   #8
Newbie
 
mysterd429's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: LI, NY
Posts: 29
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Reusing abanonded wire for pigtails or other purposes?


Sorry for the delay in replying. Honestly, I didn't think to use PVC simply because I didn't think of it. I've already bought some of the Wiremold stuff and installed the starter box. The space is pretty small, so I'll check to see if it makes more sense to switch to PVC. I do care more about aesthetic than is rational but not that much.

Would this be the sort of box I'd need for PVC, or would there be another sort? Thanks!

As for reusing the old wire, I'll stick to using it just for pigtails on this project and put the rest on the shelf.
mysterd429 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2012, 06:04 PM   #9
A "Handy Husband"
 
rjniles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: South Carolina Low Country
Posts: 4,241
Rewards Points: 2,392
Default

Reusing abanonded wire for pigtails or other purposes?


That's the type box, lots of other configurations available.

Or this:



or this
__________________
Location:
Coastal South Carolina
rjniles is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2012, 07:44 PM   #10
Newbie
 
mysterd429's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: LI, NY
Posts: 29
Rewards Points: 25
Default

Reusing abanonded wire for pigtails or other purposes?


Thanks for your reply. I haven't worked with PVC before. How does the conduit attach to the boxes? If the conduit is threaded on both ends, do you leave the next box that you're installing unattached from the wall, to screw it onto the conduit, then attach it to the wall? Or is there some other mechanism? Does the THHN rule apply to PVC conduit as well? Thanks again!

Last edited by mysterd429; 10-25-2012 at 07:46 PM.
mysterd429 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2012, 07:54 PM   #11
Pure Genius
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Dayton OH
Posts: 223
Rewards Points: 150
Default

Reusing abanonded wire for pigtails or other purposes?


You buy box connectors for the pvc and glue them on.
Dierte is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2012, 07:57 PM   #12
A "Handy Husband"
 
rjniles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: South Carolina Low Country
Posts: 4,241
Rewards Points: 2,392
Default

Reusing abanonded wire for pigtails or other purposes?


The PVC boxes you showed are cemented directly to the conduit. The metal boxes I showed use a threaded male adapter cemented to the conduit. THHN /THWN wire is used.

Advertisement

__________________
Location:
Coastal South Carolina
rjniles is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
ceiling fan wicked97 Electrical 4 08-21-2011 09:12 AM
convert 3 wire range junction box to receptacle filby Electrical 0 06-05-2011 02:33 AM
Dimmer switch with Hot & Neutral wire ? Knucklez Electrical 3 12-28-2010 05:24 PM
3-way light with a twist Jeepsail Electrical 14 05-18-2010 02:24 AM
HALP! Master/Remote Dimmer troubles! Confuserated Electrical 9 02-12-2010 04:30 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts