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Safe Keeping for Spare Electrical Wires and Cables: Spare electrical wiring must be dealt with properly to avoid danger.
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Electrical Question: The previous owner in my home finished the basement and added a large closet.
- I have taken down the closet and now when rewiring I have realized that I have an extra wire that is coming from the breaker and is hot but I don’t need it.
- What would be the safest way to dismantle this wire? Also technically I’m not sure if it comes from the breaker I just know it’s live.
This electrical wiring question came from: Josh, a Homeowner from Ft. Collins, Colorado.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Josh.
Safe Keeping for Spare Electrical Wires and Cables
Spare electrical wiring must be dealt with properly to avoid danger.
The live wire may have been installed for a future closet light.Safe Keeping for Spare Electrical Wires and Cables You may also reroute the wire into another electrical box and just cap off the wires. The other alternative is to trace the wire back to its origin and totally remove it.
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