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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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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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2 Responses to “What To Do With An Extra Hot Wire or Cable”
  1. Robert Wilson says:

    I am installing a ceiling fan. There are 4 sets of wires coming into the electrical box mounted in the ceiling. I only need the one for the wall switch. How do I safely deal with the other wires? Do I connect all the same color wires or do I connect the positive, negative and ground wires together that are coming from the same lines?

  2. Dave Rongey says:

    Identifying Junction Box Wires
    Hi Robert,
    There are several variations and methods of electrical wiring. The wires you have described are important and have a purpose that can only be identified by using a voltage tester and some circuit logic as it pertains to your home. Typically when there are several wires in a junction box such as this it may be discovered that some of the wires are for the incoming circuit power, outgoing circuit power, and wiring for the wall switch.
    I hope this helps,