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Old 01-19-2010, 10:54 AM   #1
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What to do with live wire in ceiling


I am replacing the old suspended ceiling in my basement with a drywall ceiling. When I took down the ceiling tiles I found a live bare wire between the joists. What do I do with it? I know which circuit it's on but don't know where it originates. I don't want another junction box in the ceiling and its not long enough to run inside the walls and make an outlet.
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Any live wire must be terminated in an accessible box



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Either find the source and pull it out or terminate it in an accessable j-box. No other options.
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I'm thinking of terminating it at a smoke detector. There are currently none on this level. Does this sounds like a good solution?
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If you were to use that wire to feed a smoke alarm it will not report back to any of the other smokes in the house. The smokes are supposed to be interconnected.
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I am replacing the old suspended ceiling in my basement with a drywall ceiling. When I took down the ceiling tiles I found a live bare wire between the joists. What do I do with it? I know which circuit it's on but don't know where it originates. I don't want another junction box in the ceiling and its not long enough to run inside the walls and make an outlet.
Make an effort to find where (junction box, above fixture) it originates and "kill" the power. You can then tape it up and stick it in the ceiling. But disconnecting from power source is key! Otherwise do as Scuba Dave advised!!!!
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