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Old 01-03-2014, 12:01 PM   #1
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Old electrical outlet?

I am in the process of changing an old light fixture in the bathroom. When I attempted to take off the old fixture, this is what I found behind the wall. It looks like some sort of old wire insulation. Is this something I have to remove or have retired past what is showing or can I just put a new fixture on? The house is 60 years old and the wiring is probably the same age. I attached two pictures.
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:13 PM   #2
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Put up a new fixture. Looks fine to me. I can't tell if there is a ground but that is not super important for alight fixture.


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Old 01-03-2014, 12:23 PM   #3
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Thanks Joe!
I wasn't sure about the old brown paper looking thing in the outlet box at the top.
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50's vintage wiring was mostly cloth/paper covered "romex" style wire. some of this had a ground wire available in it, some did not. No problem either way as it is not required to be replaced. The insulation on the wires looks good.
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I don't see anything throwing up a red flag right off hand. As long as you don't see anything bare or burnt, go for it.
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There is bare wire (black wire) showing under the yellow wire nut on the left. Bare wire is a no-no. You should redo that connection.
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Hopefully he figured it out in the last 2 and a half months.
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I never take risk in electrical matters. Always call off the professionals.


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