"Wet wires"

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Old 09-01-02, 07:33 AM
dlbolmes
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"Wet wires"

We've had minor water damage in the kitchen, due to water overflowing from the sink in the unit directly above ours(home is a duplex). The water seeped into the light fixture in the ceiling. When the lighting unit was removed, there was some amount of water in the globe and the taped/caped wires were wet. The home is an older one, utilizing BX cable. Do I need to replace the wires coming into the ceiling fixture(corrosion,etc.) or can I just let the wires dry and reconnect to light?
Thank you in advance for your help.
Diana
 
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Old 09-01-02, 09:08 AM
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Just open the box like you have,,, maybe bend the wires down a bit so anything will drip out,, let dry,, maybe even put some kind of fan to dry surrounding area,, the drywall and all,,, then reconnect.
 
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Old 09-01-02, 07:39 PM
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Be careful with this, as a romex cable will wick up moisture...i've seen a 250"length soak up water like a wick. You will want to cut the cable back to the point where the paper filler is completely dry.
 
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Old 09-02-02, 05:51 AM
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Would the "wicking-up water" also apply to BX lines?
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Old 09-02-02, 06:28 AM
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Sure it will aply to bx also,,, but it probably wont go as far and will eventually dry out in a house.
 
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