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Nicked Electrical Outlet Wiring and Greasy Stuff

While replacing sheet-rock in my kitchen I notice the wire coming from an outlet had blackish brown sorta greasy stuff running down the wire. How to Repair Nicked Electrical Wire and Cables.

Causes of Greasy Stuff and Repairing Nicked Cables
Electrical Question: While replacing sheet-rock in my kitchen I notice the wire coming from an outlet had blackish brown sorta greasy stuff running down the wire.

It has gotten on the insulation in the wall where the wire touches the paper. I does not appear to be burned or heated in any way. It runs as far down the wire as i can see. There seems to be a very small nick in the wire where it seems to start. Nothing else looks wrong. Can I splice the wire where the nick is to the plug and will it be safe or will I have to replace the entire wire. What could possibly cause the black oily, greasy stuff to be on the wire?

This electrical wiring question came from: Lisa, a Homeowner from Abilene, Texas.
Additional Comments: Thanks It has answered several questions for me.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical repair question Lisa.

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