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Old 02-04-2012, 07:58 PM   #1
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I am thinking of trying to save some money and run new wire to the outlet locations, then let an electrician hook the outlets to the box.

I have AC conduit wiring in the house. (Two wires encased in a spiral metal tube).

My question is this: When I was changing out some outlets, I noticed that the wires are very stiff and are barely flexible. Do the wires have this same ridged consistency from the outlet to the box? It seems that it would be crazy hard to run wire that is not flexible. My plan was to attach new wire to the end of the old wire and pull it through the metal tube..if I can.

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If you really have type AC cable you will not be able to pull new conductors in. The conductors are installed in the factory, not pulled in in the field.

The cable should also be stapled in the walls so you will not be able to pull them out either.
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Most electricians will not want to come behind your work. This opens a lot of liabilities. I'd suggest learning how to set receptacles and switches or hire someone to do all the work.
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That's interesting. I'll have to keep that in mind. I was just hoping to save some money by running the wire myself. I guess I'll have to see what the extra cost will be.

Incidently, where does one go to start learning about hooking up wires to the panels and such. I guess I mean a basic electrician in school.
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if your just doing outlets on each side of the house a single circuit out of the CB panel then loop it around the basement.if you have exsisting basement outlets exposed pull it off those.your not going to doing major loads from a weathertight outlet..light, hedge clippers radio...stuff like that.that is BX you have and the stiffer wire is typical of all home wiring it is solid #12 or #14
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Thanks for all the replies and information. Apparently it was common practice to twist and solder wires, then wrap on flex tape. Upon closer inspection, this is exactly what I have. The burned material seems to be the tar impregnated tape that dried out and started to crumble. It is still dangerous and we will rewire the house, but at least its not some rigged setup and was performed to the specs of the day.

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That's interesting. I'll have to keep that in mind. I was just hoping to save some money by running the wire myself. I guess I'll have to see what the extra cost will be.

Incidently, where does one go to start learning about hooking up wires to the panels and such. I guess I mean a basic electrician in school.
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