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Old 10-20-2015, 10:41 AM   #1
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Kinda stupid question on new wire vs junction box


Hey All,

This is pretty minor but bugging me for some reason. I am redoing my kitchen and am rewiring an old fan/light outlet with NM 14/3 so that I can install a switch (it was previously pull chain on/off). The fixture was BX running down a wall into the cellar and into a j-box to grab power from a 14/3 double breaker (the other hot is currently abandoned). I originally thought the BX was not accessible so had already run a 2-wire leg from the j-box to provide simple switching. I later learned I could get the BX out and in my excitement I did not think it through and simply replaced it with the 14/3, cutting it off at the j-box when I should have run it all the way back to the switch. Going over the top was not an option as there is a joist in the way of the top plate where the switch is.

Anyway, now I am faced with two choices. 1) run another leg of 14/3 from the j-box to the switch OR 2) pulling out the wire I just ran and replacing it with a longer run. This also allows me to scrap the j-box entirely if I run power all the way back to the breakers.

I know either way will work and be to code (I think). It's really a matter of just getting it done vs. doing it right. Thoughts?

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Old 10-20-2015, 12:11 PM   #2
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Both ways are "right" and "correct". It is your free choice.

Don't forget that if you make connections in the j-box, the box cover must remain accessible.
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