Please Help Me Fix This Problem - Building & Construction - DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum
Advertisement


Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Building & Construction

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Display Modes
Old 07-01-2009, 10:08 AM   #1
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Please Help Me Fix This Problem


My electric wire was anchored to a 2x4 now it's pulled from my roof. The electric co. says I have to put it back first. The 2x4 was nailed underneath the soffit. Can I nail a 2x4 back up without removing the soffit first?

It looks like everything will pop back into place. I have no experience with this whatsoever. I know I have to buy a new piece of wood & nails. It looks like 3 inch nails were used. Can I just hammer these back in? Do I need any special tools to get the nails in. Am I nailing into concrete or wood? The electric co. will replace the circle piece where the wire is attached to the 2x4.

Any suggestions will be very much appreciated!

eta. the electric co says it's okay to fix this issue without being electricuted as long as i don't cut the wire. which i won't be doing!
http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/8620/imgp0232m.jpg
Attached Images
   
HandyMandy is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 07-01-2009, 10:19 AM   #2
I have gas!
 
Clutchcargo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 2,321
Rewards Points: 2,040
Default


That's a cheesy way to hang the cable and it will look bad.
I think I would hire an electrician to either hang it properly or replace the entire cable and add conduit.
__________________
I tear things down and build them up.

Last edited by Clutchcargo; 07-01-2009 at 10:24 AM.
Clutchcargo is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 07-01-2009, 12:01 PM   #3
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 2
Rewards Points: 10
Default


I agree ClutchCargo. That's how most of the cables are hung in my neighborhood. I have no idea why they hung it that way
HandyMandy is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 07-01-2009, 12:08 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South of Boston, MA
Posts: 17,248
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default


So you just need to re-attach the 2x4 & then they will re-connect the wire?
Mine have always been attached to a strong beam 2x10 etc



Scuba_Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2009, 02:17 PM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 2,045
Rewards Points: 1,910
Default


Quote:
Originally Posted by HandyMandy View Post
. the electric co says it's okay to fix this issue without being electricuted as long as i don't cut the wire. which i won't be doing!
You mean the power is still live and they said you won't fry if you don't cut the wires?

If the power is still live you could easily kill yourself!!!!

Please let an electrician handle this one. There's many many better things to attempt DIY that aren't life threatening.
jogr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2009, 04:58 PM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Upstate,NY
Posts: 141
Rewards Points: 75
Default


Even if those wires are dead,as they look,leave this to an electrician.If you get the right guy he will correct that mess by properly supporting and rewiring it.It is obvious from the questions you ask that pro help is needed and high voltage electricity is not a good place to learn. Just my opinion,don't want you to get hurt or burn your house down.
white29 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-2009, 06:55 PM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Canada (s/w ON.)
Posts: 2,294
Rewards Points: 1,000
Default


Quote:
Originally Posted by HandyMandy View Post
My electric wire was anchored to a 2x4 now it's pulled from my roof. The electric co. says I have to put it back first. The 2x4 was nailed underneath the soffit. Can I nail a 2x4 back up without removing the soffit first?

It looks like everything will pop back into place. I have no experience with this whatsoever. I know I have to buy a new piece of wood & nails. It looks like 3 inch nails were used. Can I just hammer these back in? Do I need any special tools to get the nails in. Am I nailing into concrete or wood? The electric co. will replace the circle piece where the wire is attached to the 2x4.

Any suggestions will be very much appreciated!

eta. the electric co says it's okay to fix this issue without being electricuted as long as i don't cut the wire. which i won't be doing!
http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/8620/imgp0232m.jpg
What you have there, will not just pop back into place.
Obviously the method that was used was unsafe, as is witnessed by your photo's.
It is my guess that this type of installation was carried out before WWII. At least in my area it wouldn't have been allowed since 1945.
A licenced electrician will have to hired and a permit taken out. This will probably require a 'stack' to be installed along with a new meter base and electrical panel.
Assuming that the NEC applies in your area.
Wildie is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Problem with fan coil unit/hydronic system. flood1911 HVAC 2 09-05-2008 04:57 PM
2 switches , one light problem pepperthecat Electrical 2 07-08-2008 03:57 PM
Stymied by window leakage problem. Matth3w General DIY Discussions 5 06-11-2008 06:26 PM
Door -Storm Door problem bassman Building & Construction 2 01-17-2007 03:16 PM
Post-Tension Slab Problem Advice/Help Mike McBride Building & Construction 2 01-09-2007 01:51 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts