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Old 08-26-2009, 07:02 PM   #1
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Un-used elec wire..hide in wall?


Hey all. I am remodeling my living room. I have removed the old drywall and I have found some elec boxes that have old (I assume) wires in them that are capped off. In addition, I have a 20amp line running in the liv room that I don't need. Question is, can I cap these lines and attach them to the inner side of a stud without any adverse affetcs?

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You can't cap live wires & hide them in a wall
They have to be permantly disconnected in such a way that they can't be reconnected
Outlets are required every 12'

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Old 08-27-2009, 01:34 AM   #3
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can I cap these lines and attach them to the inner side of a stud without any adverse affetcs?
Define adverse affetcs.

I routinely insulate dead ended cables in a manner that leave no chance for a short circuit and leave them in a wall or attic space. Cide says put them in a covered jbox.

If there is a splice involved (wire in/wire out) put then in a box and do not bury them in the wall.
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If I were in your situation, in anticipation of ever-increasing need for utility, I'd use that extra feed. Since I've been in my house I've added about a dozen outlets (the hard way).
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Usable wires entering a box should not be cut off but instead should be curled up and pushed aside for future use. The other end of the cable should be terminated in an accessible junction box.

I would say it is safe to terminate unusable wires without a junction box provided the other end is known and does not protrude into a junction box (it may be cut off at the back of the box instead of opening the wall to pull it completely out. Labeling the end(s) as decommissioned would help.
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