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I accidentally cut into a wire – is there anything I can do?


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Splice or Repair an Electrical Wire or Cable: Avoid a potential fire hazard and future problems with damaged electrical wires or cables.

Splicing or Repairing an Electrical Wire or Cable

Electrical Question: I was cutting out a piece of drywall, when I accidentally cut into a wire in the wall.

This electrical wiring question came from Scott, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Scott.

How to Splice or Repair an Electrical Wire or Cable

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Application: Splicing Electrical Wiring.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Certified Electrician or Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools.
Precaution: Identify the circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Important: Burnt or damaged wiring and circuit components should be replaced with new electrical materials of the same voltage and amperage rating.
Notice: Repairs to Home Electrical Wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes and installing new or replacement electrical parts or equipment may require to have a permit and be inspected.

Avoid Potential Fire Hazard and Future Problems from Damaged Electrical Wires

SAFETY NOTE and CODE COMPLIANCE

All junction boxes and electrical splices must be accessible.

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