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Old 06-25-2017, 09:01 AM   #1
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Old house, wiring too short for outlet


Hello all, my friend is renting a house from 1905, seems that the wiring is not grounded. There is one breaker that flips every once in a while because the living room and the kitchen are on the same breaker. On One of those times that the breaker flipped, one kitchen outlet stopped working, I opened it and checked and the wire had snapped, these wires seem extremely old, the cable insulation looks like braided string. There is no ground cable.
Like I said, one of the cables snapped and after some pulling it barely connects to the outlet. I finally fixed it but I wanted to know if there is a way to attach more cable. I know the ideal would be to run new wires but that is not my friends option since she is renting. I am not sure if the landlord is willing to rewire all the house just because one small cable snapped and it's really short. Long story short, the outlet works I would feel better if I could do a better repair.
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Admin, my apologies, I was trying to post this in electrical from my phone and don't know how I got to landscaping, can someone please let me know how can I move this to electrical or if I can delete it.
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For splicing a short wire inside the receptacle box, I like the splice line connector.
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I normally use one of these but spice crimps for this situation. They do require a crimping tool and need to be sized appropriately.
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Thank you everyone for the links and the advice. Much appreciated!
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Sometimes there is a little slack in the cable just outside the box. if You can loosen the clamp you may be able to pull a little more into the box.
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