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Old 01-30-2012, 10:34 PM   #1
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Rewire, pull old wire, or leave it.


I'm doing a base refinish, and Ive got several wires that I've disconnected from previous circuits, and I'm trying to determine the best thing to do with them. As an example, I have a wire that use to go to a pull light in the basement, it was run from the pull light, through the floor, into the den on the first floor; into an outlet box. I've already disconnected at both ends, and shorted all wires at each end to each other. But, not sure if that is the best option.

Should I?:

1). Do just what I've done, and bundle each end, so that black white and ground are all shorted to each other, at both ends. Then, in the one hanging from the basement joists, do I need to stuff it into a JB, or can I just wire tie it to the underside of the joists? I WILL be putting in a drop ceiling, so I would have access to the wire and or the JB.

2). Should I try to pull the wire out? I think that I might be able to pull at least the core Wires out and leave only the romex sheathing. I haven't tried yet though.

3). A better option?

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Disconnect and take it out out the panel first!! After that it's not live and doesnt have potential to become live, therefore do what ever makes you happy.

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Disconnect and take it out out the panel first!! After that it's not live and doesnt have potential to become live, therefore do what ever makes you happy.
What if it isnt fed from the panel?
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A wire or cable known to be disconnected at both ends may be left buried in the wall. If the cable is unusable, such as having crumbling insulation, it is best left with wire ends cut flush with the sheath (or individual wires left with conductor cut flush with the insulation).

Better not to short the wires to each other.
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What if it isnt fed from the panel?
Not coming from the panel.
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Not coming from the panel.
Same thing, where ever it's fed from disconnect it and remove it, don't just short it.
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Cut it off as close as you can in the back of the box, and cut it off as close as you can where it comes out of the wall.
You don't want to be there a year from now asking yourself why is that wire there.

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