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What To Do If Electrical Wiring Is Damaged


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Repairing Damaged Electrical Wiring: Electrical Troubleshooting and Repairing a Damaged Electric Circuit.

Damaged Electrical Wiring Could Cause a Fire

Electrical Question: I’m concerned about potential damage that can be caused to electrical wiring within walls.

This electrical wiring question came from: Charlene, a Homeowner from Decatur, Tennessee.
Additional Comments: Great site! Thanks.

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

Repairing Damaged Electrical Wiring

Application: Electrical Troubleshooting and Repairing a Damaged Electric Circuit.
Skill Level: Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester or Volt Ohm Meter and a Circuit Tracer.
Estimated Time: Depends on the type and age of the home, the condition of the electric wiring, and the access to the circuits and wiring to be evaluated.
Precaution: Identify the affected circuit, turn it OFF and then Tag it with a Note before performing any wiring or inspections or electrical repairs. Electrical troubleshooting and repairs requires specific tests of the electrical circuits. Working in an electric panel is dangerous due to arc flash hazards and the possibility of electric shock.
Notice: Repairs to Home Electrical Wiring should be made according to local and national electrical codes. Installing new or replacement electrical wiring may require a permit and inspections.

Electrical Tip for Damaged Electrical Wiring

If you suspect that you have damaged electrical wiring, it is always best to have a qualified electrical contractor make an assessment, perform inspections and tests, then make any necessary repairs as required.

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