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The Problem of Vandalized Electrical Wiring

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Repair Vandalized Electrical Wiring: What is the best way to repair electrical wiring that has been vandalized? Dealing with the Problem of Vandalized Electrical Wiring.

Vandalized Electrical Wiring Repairs

Electrical Question: What is the best way to repair electrical wiring that has been vandalized?

This electrical wiring question came from John, in Artesia, New Mexico.

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

How to Repair Vandalized Electrical Wiring

home electrical wiring

Application: Splicing Damaged 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.

Dealing with the Problem of Vandalized Electrical Wiring

The value of copper and aluminum wire can be a problem for theft at the job site. Electrical wiring can be damaged or stolen from a job site by vandals and then we have to make the appropriate repairs. The solution to resolve the damage of vandalized wiring must be worked out between the contractor and the homeowner, however additional labor time and electrical materials will need to be considered. Any insurance coverage for the project should be reviewed as a potential solution for the additional expense. In this case the wiring may be spliced as long as the methods are done correctly and according to code, or the affected length of cable may be replaced. With either solution there will be additional expenses that will be required.

Example of Splicing Vandalizing Electrical Wiring

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