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Old 11-06-2012, 03:39 AM   #1
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Slices romex

2 part question.

Cleaning up the attic space when I noticed that a blue romex cable had a cut into it. Examining it it seems it was snagged when being pulled again a staple and cut into the outer plastic. The black and white are intact but the ground was severed.

Tracing what outlets it eventually went to I found that it showed open ground when using one of those 3 prong plugin testers.

Section that is cut goes from the garage door opener outlet to the attic light fixture.

What's the best way to fix it, junction box or re-run it. Right now just wrapped it with some 33 tape. Picked up some 12/2 cable as well as a box until I decide what to do. Since the current cable is blue and replacement is yellow, the cable wil stick out as much as a j-box.

Second part, far fetched I know. Anyway to go after the previous owner/inspector? PO had a bunch of crap in the attic, had they not, one would have spotted it a mile away.


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Old 11-06-2012, 03:53 AM   #2
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If you have a little slack cut it and throw it in a j-box


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Old 11-06-2012, 08:29 AM   #3
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It is possible the previous owner knew of the problem and out the junk there since he was moving. A home inspection (usually contracted by a buyer) is a visual inspector and an inspector is not allowed to move too many things because of possible damage. It is done commonly when people put boxes in a basement area to hide wet floor/leakage signs. Since the inspector is actually a guest he cannot disturb too much because of the liability compared to the low inspection fees paid. A good inspector may be able to find other signs to post a "red flag" for the potential flag. The inspector was probably recommended by a realtor.

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Inspector came from other referrals than my realtor. Since the cable in question is easily accessable to disconnect both ends and replace, will probably end up doing that as well as installing a better attic light and toggle switch than a pull chain that is there now.
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Just install a junction box. If the wire is stretched too tight, then install 2 junction boxes with a 2 foot piece of romex in between them.
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