Broken Wire Behind Wall

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Old 09-23-02, 02:54 PM
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philly
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Broken Wire Behind Wall

I've got a broken neutral wire behind a wall about one foot from an outlet that I suspect was caused by the original contractor driving a staple in too hard.
Beyond the opening up of the wall, how do I make this repair? Is a junction box installation necessary or can I just splice a new wire on using wire nuts?
 
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Old 09-23-02, 05:11 PM
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How do you know that it is broken behind the wall?
 
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Old 09-23-02, 05:24 PM
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broken wire

If, in fact, the wire is broken, you may not use wire nuts to repair it. All splices must be made inside junction box, switch or recepticle box. Junction box must not be hidden behind wall--must be accesable.
chuck
 
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Old 09-23-02, 06:52 PM
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bwetzel - The outlet was intermittantly hot, making contact only when I wiggled the Romex. Tugging on each individual wire resulted in me pulling the white wire completly out of the cable.

Chuckmac - That's what I was afraid of.

Thanks to both of you for the replies.
 
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Old 09-24-02, 01:00 PM
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That is a first I heard of that. Good thing you found the problem. That was a fire waiting to happen. Good job!
 
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Old 09-24-02, 01:31 PM
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Broken Wire in Wall

bwetzel - Thanks! Want a job replacing a wire?
 
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Old 09-24-02, 08:05 PM
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Is there an attic or basement where you can pull the wire up or down and put it in a box and run a new wire? If not find out where it comes from and disconnect it and tape it off and leave it. Then pull a new wire from another source. Hope this helps!
Brian
 
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