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Old 01-16-2009, 10:30 PM   #1
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Doing a litle remodel on a bath and when i took teh vanity light down it appears that during original constuction they must have knicked the hot wire pretty good because i can see bare wire and it is taped up for the entire free length sticking out of the box. (I didnt remove the tape yet so im not sure just how bad it is).

My questions is... is this acceptable to leave like this, maybe redo the tape job maybe add some shrink tube, OR should i open the walls and try to replace the wire back to the switch?

I thought about movign the light a little anyway but not sure I can move it far enough to get rid of the tape job.

Any other suggestions?

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Doing a litle remodel on a bath and when i took teh vanity light down it appears that during original constuction they must have knicked the hot wire pretty good because i can see bare wire and it is taped up for the entire free length sticking out of the box. (I didnt remove the tape yet so im not sure just how bad it is).

My questions is... is this acceptable to leave like this, maybe redo the tape job maybe add some shrink tube, OR should i open the walls and try to replace the wire back to the switch?

I thought about movign the light a little anyway but not sure I can move it far enough to get rid of the tape job.

Any other suggestions?
Unless you are prepared to string new wire, and the existing conductor itself isn't damaged, just the insulation, then some heat shrink tubing would be the way to go.

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You should at least check what it is...what if someone used the bare ground as hot?

Pick up some heat shrink tubing and a lighter...don't put the flame over the tubing.

Or just use a heat gun.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:01 PM   #4
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I know its the hot wire, I can tell that. My guess is when they sheetrocked and cut out the opening the cutter got into the wire and skinned it pretty good. I cant tell if the conductor is damaged yet. Tomoorow when its daylihgt ill unwrap it and see just how bad it is.

I guess the other option would be to cut in a box below the light and splice in a short new wire up to the light. There will be a mirror over the sink anyway and that would hide the junction box, but yet it would still be accessible per code.
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