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Old 03-24-2010, 12:10 AM   #1
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Terminating an unused cable


I will be running new romex for a kitchen remodel. The existing cable is difficult to pull out, so I have to leave it in the wall. It will be disconnected at the panel and will not be live. Is there a requirement to terminate it somehow, or mark it as unused, or can I just leave it hanging there?
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connect the white (neutral) to the black (hot) so that if anyone attempts to reconnect it at the panel it will trip the circuit and not leave a live wire open in the wall. Otherwise you should be fine.
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DO NOT connect the wires like Bob stated!
If the wires are never to be used again, cut them off as high as you can in the wall, and remove the wires from the panel.
If there is a chance that you may need the wires again, then install the wires inside a box.
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connect the white (neutral) to the black (hot) so that if anyone attempts to reconnect it at the panel it will trip the circuit and not leave a live wire open in the wall. Otherwise you should be fine.
Mike Holmes on Holmes on Homes says to do this as well and I cringe whenever he says that. Like jbfan said do not do this, what happens if for some reason your breaker does not trip when turned back on.
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If the cable is so deteriorated that it cannot be used again, then cut off the end at the panel as far as you can but at least so it will no longer reach the panel. Then you can cut off the other end as far as you can.

A cable that can be re-used in the future is best left uncut. It should be removed from the panel and that end labeled as to where the other end is since the other end might be buried in a wall.

I would say it is okay to connect black and white together only at the end just outside the panel. As if to start a fad that the cable is decommissioned and the other end is not in an accessible box.
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Cap the ends, tag them at the panel and at the end point, and cut them as high up as you can.
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connect the white (neutral) to the black (hot) so that if anyone attempts to reconnect it at the panel it will trip the circuit and not leave a live wire open in the wall. Otherwise you should be fine.
I wouldn't want to do that with my (soon to be replaced) Federal Pacific panel!
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