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What to do with Unused Electrical Circuit Wiring


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How do I disconnect the electrical wires and leave them in the panel for future use? Disconnecting Unused Electrical Wires, How to Keep Spare Electrical Wiring Safe for Future Use.

Safe Keeping for Unused Electrical Wires

Electrical Question: How do I disconnect the electrical wires and leave them in the panel for future use?

This home electrical question came from: Corine, a Homeowner from Auburn, Washington.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electric wiring question Corine.

Disconnecting Unused Electrical Wires

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Application: Disconnecting Electrical Circuit Wiring.
Skill Level: Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor or Certified Electrician.
Tools Required: Electricians Pouch of Hand Tools for Rough-In Wiring, Electric Drill and Auger Bits and Extension Cord.
Estimated Time: Depends on the extent of the project, the type of construction and available access to the project area.
Precaution: The existing furnace circuit should be identified and turned OFF and Tagged.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

How to Keep Electrical Wiring Safe for Future Use

The process of disconnecting and safe keeping of unused electrical wires to be available for future use.

IMPORTANT:
Electrical panels have exposed wiring and components that are energized with electricity. It is not recommended that homeowners perform work in electrical panels but rather contact a qualified electrician who has experience working in home electrical panels.

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2 Responses to “What to do with Unused Electrical Circuit Wiring”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Jason,
    NEC Article 406.8 mentions the requirement for metal while-in-use covers for receptacles in damp or wet locations.

    I hope this helps,
    Dave

  2. Jason says:

    Where in the code does it say I have to use industrial inuse covers?