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Old 01-13-2008, 02:41 PM   #16
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If you have not located the J boxes how do you even know that there is romex going to a splice box before it goes down to the recepticles?

How were you going to rewire from the j box to the rec box, if you did not know their locations?

Dude we can only help you if you accurately discribe what you have.

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Old 01-13-2008, 02:43 PM   #17
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You did not ask what the most cost effective way was. You asked the reason behind the code, then stated that you decided what you were going do do based on the answers given.

dont bash me for wanting to keep you and your family safe.
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Old 01-13-2008, 02:57 PM   #18
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If you have not located the J boxes how do you even know that there is romex going to a splice box before it goes down to the recepticles?

How were you going to rewire from the j box to the rec box, if you did not know their locations?

Dude we can only help you if you accurately discribe what you have.

I was replacing an outlet and saw the uncovered wire coming out of the top of the receptacle box which raised the flag for me. I ripped out a little section of drywall to follow the wire up and found it leads to a junction box that has yellow Romex feeding into it on either side.
After finding this, I came to these boards to start asking questions.
Per my original post, I was looking for advice on the wires coming from the junction to the receptacle....which I received, and will do.

Then this issue with the location of the junction box itself came up. I have no idea if there are other junction boxes but I can only assume that I will find the same thing at all the receptacles.

I'm sorry if I seem a little stand-off'ish but I'm just a little frustrated to find out that my little outlet swap-out is turning into a project that I was not prepared for. I appreciate and value the information I receive on these boards, which is why I always look here for input.
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By the way, the answer is YES. If need be, bash the walls down until you find all of the Illegal Junction Boxes. The remove them, or leave them accessable.

If this is your home, you want to be sure that you and your family are safe.

If this is a home you are selling for someone, you want to be sure the buyers are getting the product that they think they are.
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Jeff, I too am sorry that your simple rec swap out is turning out to be more than you expected.

Sorry if I am too blunt.

In my opinion, you now have no choice but to do the job right.

I wish you had posted the complete details originally. It would have saved us a bunch of banter.
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J.V. asked what was holding the Romex in place and the junction boxes to which I replied "A yellow foam". I'm guessing that spray foam.

Is this acceptable? If not, what should be done?
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J.V. asked what was holding the Romex in place and the junction boxes to which I replied "A yellow foam". I'm guessing that spray foam.

Is this acceptable?
No. Is the box plastic or metal? If the box is metal there should be a cable clamp like this:

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