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Old 12-14-2009, 06:27 AM   #1
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So, I'm working in the ceiling of my basement installing new rafters for a sheetrock ceiling and there is a wire that is in my way and stapled to the floor joist. In my attempt to remove the staple holding the wire, I pushed the screwdriver through the plastic covering on the wire, and blew out three electric plugs. How do I fix this? I don't even know which circuit breaker the line goes to. I can see the path of the wire since the ceiling isn't enclosed. The configuration is: circuit box - break in line - plug - plug - plug. There is a lot of slack in the wire so I have plenty of length to make a repair, but I am not up to messing with the circuit box.
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junction box, repair line, replace receps.
unless this area is to be inaccessable, in which case, replace wire.

(power off first, of course)

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wait a minute... you shorted it with the screwdriver and it DIDN'T pop a breaker????

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wait a minute... you shorted it with the screwdriver and it DIDN'T pop a breaker????

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I assume that it did. I have tried all the breakers but there is one that won't stick in the on position. I assume that this is the breaker for this line but I'm not sure. How can I determine if this is a live wire? To be on the safe side I plan to throw the master switch for the entire house unless someone has a better idea.

I can install a junction box in an accessible area.
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hmmmm.... if it won't stay on, it's likely...
A: the breaker is shot.
B: the wires are still shorted together.
i'd do the repairs, and if the breaker still doesn't work, replace it.
be sure it's the right rating for wire used.

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Art,
Next time you go to pull a romex staple, don't use a screwdriver. Use a pair of pliers (ideally lineman's pliers) and pull the staple with the pliers. No chance of damaging the romex then. Grab one leg of the staple at a time and it will come right out.
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If it's not feasable to replace the entire wire from the breaker panel to the first receptical, then you will need to do a fix in the middle of the wire. Cut and trim back the wires and connect them together color to color with wire nuts. This connection must be contained within a junction box. The junction box must be left accessible - meaning that it can't be inside a wall that gets closed up, for example.
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Art,
Next time you go to pull a romex staple, don't use a screwdriver. Use a pair of pliers (ideally lineman's pliers) and pull the staple with the pliers. No chance of damaging the romex then. Grab one leg of the staple at a time and it will come right out.
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A pair of diagonals work very well for removing staples. Just grab a staple leg and pry up. I'll try the linesman pliers pull also, thanks for the tip.
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