Need help splicing/lengthening original electrical wire?

Old 09-15-03, 10:12 AM
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Need help splicing/lengthening original electrical wire?

I am moving a fireplace approximately 24 inches from itís current location. The original builder ran electrical wires approximately 10 inches or so above the zero clearance fireplace that spans a corner of a room. (Seems wrong to have electrical directly above a fireplace, though I digress.)

Anyway, after moving the fireplace to its new location, the chimney will now run directly where the wire is currently. I am planning to move to wire to the outside wall, rather than the wall that acts as the face of the fireplace, though there is not enough slack to run the perimeter of the wall. My thought is that I will splice new wire in place to extend the length and run it well away from the fireplace. Keep in mind, there is not enough slack to run it anywhere but where it currently is.

My question is, can I splice the ends together with wire connectors in 2 metal/sealed junction boxes? The only problem would be is that the junction boxes would then be covered with drywall providing no access point. I am not concerned of getting back to the junction boxes, but performing the safest and best method of lengthening the cable. If there also is a better way I welcome any thoughts.

Lastly, I will also have to remove a recessed light in the ceiling by dry walling over the hole. Actually, the wire will be extended to other lights being controlled from the same switch. Can I split the new wire within the existing canister and run it elsewhere through the ceiling? Again, the question being is it OK to drywall over a wire nut/connection point (canister)?

Thank you.
Old 09-15-03, 10:40 AM
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Junction boxes must remain accessable. That means you can remove a panel fo r access, but cannot damage the building. They cannot be behind drywall since cutting into the drywall would be damaging. Pull a new wire or install a box with a blamk cover if a receptacle would look out of place.
Old 09-15-03, 11:14 AM
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It'll be worth it to replace this cable back to whereever it comes from with a longer cable.
Old 09-15-03, 02:43 PM
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Thank you for the input. Now the tough question. How do I find where the cable originates? Is there some way to trace? Thank you.

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